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Coco Chanel

  • Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • Fashion is made to become unfashionable.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Life ()
  • How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in This Week ()
  • Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in This Week ()
  • Jump out of the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it, if you feel it ... passion goes, boredom remains.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Joseph Barry, "An Interview With Chanel," McCall's ()
  • The problem of aging is the problem of living. There is no simple solution.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Joseph Barry, "An Interview With Chanel," McCall's ()
  • Happiness is the secret of beauty. But who knows the secret of happiness? The wise woman keeps her cosmetics at hand.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in McCall's ()
  • There are many more attempts to define happiness than unhappiness. It is because people know all too well what unhappiness is.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in McCall's ()
  • Some people pursue unhappiness because happiness is too mild a sensation.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in McCall's ()
  • One should not seek happiness, but rather happy people.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in McCall's ()
  • As long as you know that most men are like children, you know everything.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • Great loves too must be endured.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • Material things aside, we need not advice but approval.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • I have only one curiosity left: death.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • Traveling is so complicated. There are so many people everywhere. I make my best journeys on my couch.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • That's what fame is: solitude.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets ()
  • So that's how you die.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel ()
  • A dress made right should allow one to walk, to dance, even to ride horseback.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in The Good Housekeeping Women's Almanac ()
  • You cannot keep up a nightlife and amount to anything in the day. You cannot indulge in those foods and liquors that destroy the physique and still hope to have a physique that functions with the minimum of destruction to itself. A candle burnt at both ends may shed a brighter light, but the darkness that follows is for a longer time.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Djuna Barnes, I Could Never Be Lonely Without a Husband ()
  • There are people who have money and people who are rich.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco ()
  • Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco ()
  • There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco ()
  • If you were born without wings do nothing to prevent their growing.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Justine Picardie, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life ()
  • Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.

    • Coco Chanel
  • You live but once, you might as well be amusing.

    • Coco Chanel
  • Eat less than you think you want, eat with your intelligence, not your stomach. Never get up from the table with an inward, silent apology for being a pig.

    • Coco Chanel
  • If a woman is poorly dressed, you notice her dress. If a woman is impeccably dressed, you notice the woman.

    • Coco Chanel
  • [Perfume] is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion ... that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.

    • Coco Chanel
  • Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

    • Coco Chanel,
    • in Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From the World's Most Elegant Woman ()

Coco Chanel, French courturier

(1883 - 1971)

Full name: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.