Elegance Quotes

True moral elegance consists in the art of disguising one's victories as defeats.

Emil Cioran

Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea.

Craig Bruce

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

Edsger Dijkstra

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

Diana Vreeland

For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.

Christian Lacroix

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

Albert Einstein

Self-command is the main elegance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is the only elegance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The natural progress of the works of men is from rudeness to convenience, from convenience to elegance, and from elegance to nicety

Samuel Johnson

Why has elegance found so little following? That is the reality of it. Elegance has the disadvantage, if that's what it is, that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it.

Edsger Dijkstra

Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.

Jon Franklin

It is in refinement and elegance that the civilized man differs from the savage.

Samuel Johnson

Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man.


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

Robert Fitzgerald

Elegance is inferior to virtue.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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

Jean Genet

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Diana Vreeland

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

Marcel Proust

Any form of card-case, beyond the most battered and unassuming, is surely an aesthetic and social travesty. To withdraw, say, a silver case from the pocket before removing a card is surely to trumpet a ludicrous gaucheness and maladroit pretension. It is impossible for the intended recipient of the card to view the case as anything other than a misjudged piece of peacockery; unfeasible to avoid a brief inner commentary along the lines of oh, hes bought one of those... he decided this would make the act of handing over a card a signal of his success as a businessman and a certain refined elegance as a gentleman... probably picked it out himself... please God it was a Fathers Day gift from a child who knew no better.

Derren Victor Brown

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

Sylvia Kristel

Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don't think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base - in both senses - greed. With football we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.

John Fowles

Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind.

Oleg Lolewski Cassini
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