Top 12 Cecil Beaton Quotes

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“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

― Cecil Beaton

“More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.”

― Cecil Beaton

“All I want is the best of everything and there’s very little of that left.”

― Cecil Beaton

“Perhaps the world’s second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.”

― Cecil Beaton

“San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.”

― Cecil Beaton

“What is elegance? Soap and water!”

― Cecil Beaton

“Mrs Woolf’s complaint should be addressed to her creator, who made her, rather than me.”

― Cecil Beaton

“I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn’t like blue.”

― Cecil Beaton

“On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box – the result of mixing Lloyd’s of London with the principle of the chewing gum dispenser.”

― Cecil Beaton

“Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.”

― Cecil Beaton

“I can’t afford a whole new set of enemies.”

― Cecil Beaton

“Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means… airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.”

― Cecil Beaton
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