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1883 - 1971, French fashion designer, founder of the Chanel brand

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

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
Coco Chanel

A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.
Coco Chanel

If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.
Coco Chanel

My life didn't please me, so I created my life.
Coco Chanel

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.
Coco Chanel

Fashion has two purposes: Comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.
Coco Chanel

A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.
Coco Chanel

One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.
Coco Chanel

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud!
Coco Chanel

The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.
Coco Chanel

True generosity means accepting ingratitude.
Coco Chanel

Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the
dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to
move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.
Coco Chanel

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Coco Chanel

If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.
Coco Chanel

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.
Coco Chanel

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

When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for.
Coco Chanel

I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that
women have is men.
Coco Chanel

I've never done anything by halves.
Coco Chanel

I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity.
Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.
Coco Chanel

Fashion changes, but style endures.
Coco Chanel

Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are
stronger.
Coco Chanel

Elegance is refusal.
Coco Chanel

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything.
Coco Chanel

Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow
of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face.
Coco Chanel

Great loves too must be endured.
Coco Chanel

It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and
prolongs your departure.
Coco Chanel

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite,
which I would like.
Coco Chanel

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
Coco Chanel

Everyone marries the Duke of Westminster. There are a lot of duchesses, but only one Coco
Chanel.
Coco Chanel

Gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.
Coco Chanel

Coquetry, it's a triumph of the spirit over the senses.
Coco Chanel

A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.
Coco Chanel

I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only
out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with
destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.
Coco Chanel

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.
Coco Chanel

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

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