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Quote of the Day

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“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.” Coco Chanel

Ostensibly this is a site about books and literature and other blah blah blah interesting things. But every once in a while, I’ve got to just run with the ball, all the way out of the stadium like an F. Gump on ‘roids, and somehow make it work.

Earlier, while searching my Vic 20’s extensive catalogue of memorable things that even more memorable people have uttered over the ages, I stumbled upon fashion (always my secret weapon), and was amazed to learn that pretty much every quote was not only on the mark, but eloquently stated (irony/destiny?).

So without further ado, here are some old and new classics on the subject…

Never use the word ‘cheap’. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
Karl Lagerfeld

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
Henry David Thoreau

“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.”
Michelle Obama

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 
Yves Saint-Laurent

“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.” 
Thomas More, Utopia   

“A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage – what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.” 
Lady Gaga

“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Speed eliminates all doubt. Am I smart enough? Will people like me? Do I really look all right in this plastic jumpsuit?”
David Sedaris

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde

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Quote of the Day

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In light (or lack of it) of today’s weather – the kind of weather that makes you wonder why you woke up in the first place – perhaps heed the advice below from Henry David Thoreau’s great essay on disobedience to an unjust state, Civil Disobedience. Although “Thoreau wrote this classic essay to advocate public resistance to the laws and acts of government that he considered unjust,” I may just take it literally today. You know, go for a walk in this crapstain weather and, you know, think about being cold and hungry. And most definitely weary. Then probably go home and, you know, warm up and have a bite to eat.

Mmm…deep thoughts…

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.”

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