Top 89 Elegance Quotes

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“A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.”

― Abba Eban

“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”

― Albert Einstein

“There are many actors who have inspired me: Spencer Tracy for his incredible elegance and, of course, Cary Grant. But, there’s also an Italian actor I admire a great deal: Alberto Sordi.”

― Alfred Molina

“I think fashion can always date, but I think if a woman has elegance, she doesn’t date.”

― Alice Temperley

“The Stockholm street style is distinctive, with ensembles that exemplify the city’s understated elegance.”

― Aslaug Magnusdottir

“I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply.”

― bell hooks

“Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“The obituaries shot up to the top of my list when I discovered Robert McG. Thomas, the ‘Times’ obit writer who redesigned its traditional form and added a measure of stylistic elegance.”

― Billy Collins

“Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.”

― Carolina Herrera

“What is elegance? Soap and water!”

― Cecil Beaton

“It’s a new town. The old elegance is gone. It used to be one big family, this industry.”

― Cesar Romero

“My mother and grandmother… they were my first muses. The way they dressed and carried themselves was an education in elegance. They defined the word.”

― Christian Cota

“In Italy, the Milanese are well organized but follow bourgeois taste. They adhere to certain codes of elegance, but not to individualism.”

― Christian Lacroix

“Shoes for men are about elegance or wealth; they are not playing with the inner character.”

― Christian Louboutin

“Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.”

― Claes Oldenburg

“The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.”

― Clifford Geertz

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

― Coco Chanel

“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”

― Coco Chanel

“Elegance is refusal.”

― Coco Chanel

“Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea.”

― Craig Bruce

“Elegance is elimination.”

― Cristobal Balenciaga

“I fell in love with the elegance and precision of genetic analysis and experimentation to answer profound biological questions.”

― David Suzuki

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

― Diana Vreeland

“Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.”

― Diana Vreeland

“I was always intrigued by the idea of bringing things together that are considered taboo or risque and bringing them together with something of high elegance and sophistication.”

― Dita Von Teese

“Elegance is always in style for men. There are all different kinds of elegance. It can be silk, it can be a T-shirt.”

― Donatella Versace

“Jasmine, the name of which signifies fragrance, is the emblem of delicacy and elegance. It is reared with difficulty in New England, but at the South, puts forth all its graces.”

― Dorothea Dix

“One argument against open systems is that they become open to everything, good and bad. Like a Richard Meier skyscraper, the anal retentive, Bauhaus elegance of the Mac does prevent the loose ends and confusion of a less sterile environment. But it also prevents fertility. Apple’s development must come from within.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“Elegance is very dangerous. It’s like TNT. A little goes a long way.”

― Edoardo Ponti

“The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.”

― Edsger Dijkstra

“Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure.”

― Edsger Dijkstra

“My fancy dress costume of choice is… something 1920s or 30s, when there was still so much elegance and attention to detail. An excuse for ultimate dressing-up indulgence.”

― Ellie Goulding

“I myself used to do absurd things. Yes, I mean that. I had to have a laugh, and some of the things were absurd. But they could always be worn by an elegant woman; they did not negate her elegance.”

― Elsa Schiaparelli

“Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories – these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of furniture that should be judged as to their usefulness, elegance.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“True icons are larger than life, unforgettable with an elegance that’s mesmerizingly timeless.”

― Francois Nars

“I love ‘Chaplin’; I mean I really love ‘Chaplin.’ I just think there’s a grace and an elegance that’s almost never been matched.”

― Gary Ross

“I don’t like women who follow fashion in the sense of becoming victims of it. I like women who have elegance, who have allure, who use fashion, rather than the other way around.”

― Giorgio Armani

“I like elegance. I like art nouveau; a stretched line or curve. These things are very much in the foreground of my work.”

― H. R. Giger

“There will always be a desire for something new, fresh and innovative, as well as a yearning and respect for timeless elegance and beauty.”

― Helena Christensen

“What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?”

― Henri Poincare

“You must, if it’s possible, be born with a kind of elegance. It’s part of you, of yourself.”

― Hubert de Givenchy

“The elegance of a sari or the flirtiness of a lehenga is matchless.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“I love to wear my own Jade Jagger ball gowns. I love their timeless elegance, of course with my own jewelry.”

― Jade Jagger

“The elegance of a really good screenplay, I admire it. I can’t do it.”

― Janet Fitch

“I always loved samurai movies, and I wanted to incorporate that whole level of elegance and just the code of the samurai to ‘Conan.’”

― Jason Momoa

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”

― Jean Genet

“I couldn’t define my style; that’s impossible. I like comfort and elegance with a bit of glamour thrown in. If I like something, I’ll wear it for years.”

― Jemima Khan

“There’s a certain beauty and majesty to Wimbledon. The elegance, the way the grass looks on TV.”

― John McEnroe

“If mathematics is to be understood widely, we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications. Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!”

― Johnny Ball

“I know that Brighton is famously a mixture of the seedy and the elegant, but in the summer of 2001 seediness swamped elegance hands down.”

― Julie Burchill

“The elegance and the quality – the talent is always in the literature. I start with the word and I base everything on that. It doesn’t make any difference to me.”

― Kate Mulgrew

“I felt Michael Jackson was inspired a little bit more from the elegance of a Fred Astaire. Michael loved Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown and Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. But he wasn’t any of those people. To be inspired is one thing, but he made it all his own.”

― Kenny Ortega

“Maharani Gayatri Devi – she was elegance and simplicity personified.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“The great jazz and jazz-influenced singers carry themselves with a certain panache and a certain elegance and, for lack of a better word, self-confidence.”

― Kurt Elling

“The 50s are the age of elegance. That’s kind of my intention when I get dressed: casual elegance.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“Personally, my interest in social history ends around 1959, by which time I was an adolescent. I’ve always attributed this to my particular sensibilities. I like formality and elegance, and I’m fundamentally conservative.”

― Laurie Graham

“In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.”

― Lionel Messi

“Elegance for one society is not elegance for another. It’s in the eyes of the beholder.”

― Louise Wilson

“If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.”

― Marcel Proust

“The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.”

― Mary Browne

“Elegance is inferior to virtue.”

― Mary Shelley

“I’m quite into the French way – simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.”

― Michelle Dockery

“I have so many ways I can explain the ballroom scene. But the essence of the ballroom scene would be elegance, extravagance, and fabulousness to its 100 per cent. It’s a place where you can be whoever you want to be inside of already being who you are.”

― Mj Rodriguez

“I’ve played a lot of elegance and refinement, so to do something really down and dirty is a great attraction.”

― Natalie Dormer

“I do not connect fashion to elegance. Elegance is in the wilderness, and fashion is in the domestic.”

― Nate Lowman

“Looks, health and elegance are what counts. Someone can look wonderful in a sweatsuit.”

― Oleg Cassini

“Robert Walker as Bruno was excellent. He had elegance and humor, and the proper fondness for his mother.”

― Patricia Highsmith

“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.”

― Paulo Coelho

“Physical elegance, which is what I am talking about here, comes from the body. This is no superficial matter, but rather the way that man found to honour the way he places his two feet on the ground.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I felt that the elegance of pop music was that it was reflective: we were holding up a mirror to our audience and reflecting them philosophically and spiritually, rather than just reflecting society or something called ‘rock and roll.’”

― Pete Townshend

“Elegance is all in the mind of the wearer.”

― Philip Treacy

“I think Indian women are very beautiful. They have a sense of elegance and innocence.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.”

― Robert Fitzgerald

“I am from the planet of elegance.”

― Ron Carter

“It doesn’t matter what kind of book you write – you ought to write it well and with some kind of style and elegance.”

― Ruth Rendell

“Dorothy B. Hughes – there’s a robust elegance to her writing that I keep responding to again and again. I’ve read her novel ‘In a Lonely Place’ about eight or nine times.”

― Sarah Weinman

“About seven years later I was given a book about the periodic table of the elements. For the first time I saw the elegance of scientific theory and its predictive power.”

― Sidney Altman

“There is no such thing as a natural fit between form and content. Seamless elegance would be tantamount to erasure.”

― Stacey D’Erasmo

“Baseball loyalists cite the game’s legendary numbers – 300 wins, 500 homers, 3,000 hits – as evidence of the sport’s elegance, beauty, and gravitas. What no one mentions is how wretched and painful it is to actually watch a former star gasp and sputter his way toward a legendary number.”

― Stephen Rodrick

“I Am She is an institution that reflects and personifies the grace, charm, and elegance of an Indian woman.”

― Sushmita Sen

“I don’t really believe in elegance. Ever since I first came to France many years ago to do the Chambre Syndicale course, I always felt I was somehow lacking, first of all being British – obviously a disaster! But I was also puzzled with this idea that you have to tie your Hermes scarf just right, or you can only wear black.”

― Suzy Menkes

“The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.”

― Sylvia Kristel

“Does anyone recall hippies designing things for Generation X? Does anyone recall the elegance of that? How design was about making things simpler?”

― Timothy Morton

“I learned how to deal with people with elegance from Patrick Swayze.”

― Travis Fimmel

“Milan is marvellous, picturesque, and full of elegance.”

― Wesley Sneijder

“My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view.”

― William Bartram

“Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?”

― Yves Saint Laurent

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.”

― Yves Saint Laurent
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