In honor of the legendary French fashion designer born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (1883 – 1971), I have decided to roundup a few of my favorite Coco Chanel quotations . . .
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life. Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing. A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like. Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger. I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men. Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.