Lifestyle Icon: Our Favorite Coco Chanel Quotes

Besides inventing one of the most important pieces in any woman’s wardrobe–the little black dress–fashion icon Coco Chanel has been quoted saying some of the most insightful and poignant things about life, love and the what we wear.

After the jump, we share with you some of our favorite Coco Chanel words of wisdom. LIFE

  • “As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!”
  • “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
  • “Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but those who have already taken possession of their future.”
  • “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.”
  • “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
  • “I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”
  • “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”


  • “Great loves too must be endured.”
  • “I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.”
  • “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.”


  • “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.”
  • “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
  • “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
  • “Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”