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Kristin Booker • September 30, 2011

Stylish Advice: Eight Amazing Quotes From The Late, Great Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel. Photo credit unknown.

From time to time, I post little inspirational notes on my Facebook profile and when I update Twitter, but today I thought it might be nice to share them with you, dear FSB readers. Something you can print out and remember, maybe post on your fridge or send to others who might need a note of inspiration.

All these quotes are from one of my favorite style and personal icons, Coco Chanel. What she created in fashion is the stuff of legend and continues to live on through Kaiser Karl, but her outlook on life is also something to be respected. Although one could never say that Mm. Chanel lives a spotless life, her life was interesting, authentic and inspiring. Here are some of my favorite quotes (and photographs) of the famed designing dame:

Coco Chanel. Photo credit and source unknown.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Coco Chanel on the stairs in the Chanel flagship in Paris.

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!”

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”

“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.”

Enjoy these amazing quotes and live by her mantra. Become everything you always wanted to be, live your life with elegance and style and stick to your guns. You, above all, know best.

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