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Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
Don't get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.
Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.
Everything comes out in blues music: joy, pain, struggle. Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance. It's about a man and a woman. So the pain and the struggle in the blues is that universal pain that comes from having your heart broken. Most blues songs are not about social statements.
Elegance is refusal.
No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama's story. But since the Inauguration, we've seen only the president's present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never see him sweat. And we forget that he ever had to struggle.
Dee Dee Myers
True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.
Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.
The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.
If you listen to the great Beatle records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they're beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
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.
Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
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.
The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.
Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.
Uber is efficiency with elegance on top. That's why I buy an iPhone instead of an average cell phone, why I go to a nice restaurant and pay a little bit more. It's for the experience.
Women who stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful to me: women like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Anna Magnani - women who have style, chic, allure and elegance. They didn't submit to any standard of beauty - they defined it.
Elegance is inferior to virtue.
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.
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.
Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?
Yves Saint Laurent
I'm quite into the French way - simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.
Elegance is always in style for men. There are all different kinds of elegance. It can be silk, it can be a T-shirt.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
William Ellery Channing
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