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

– Coco Chanel

Revered as one of most influential fashion icons, the legendary French fashion designer, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel aka ‘Coco’ Chanel, is the epitome of a strong woman.

Despite her her humble beginnings, she was able to overcome many obstacles thrown her way on her journey to becoming a highly celebrated self-made success.

Mademoiselle Coco was well known not only for her talents in fashion but also her impeccable of business sense and fearless outlook on life.

With that, I’m sharing some of my favorite Coco Chanel words of wisdom on fashion, life, and beyond. May they empower your own journey in creating and living the life you’ve always imagined. Enjoy!

On Business & Career

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“How many cares one loses when one decides to to be something but to be someone.”

“One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”

“To be irreplaceable, you must be different.”

“If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.”

“Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.”

On Life

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life”

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to impede their growth.”

“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.”

“Women must always tell women that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful.”

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

On Fashion, Beauty & Everything Else

“Fashion changes–style remains.”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. ”

“The best color in the world is the one that you looks good on you.”

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

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

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistable for the rest of your life.”