Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Cecil Beaton, fully Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

Photographic Portrait Artist, Portrait Photographer, Diarist, Painter, Interior Designer and Academy Award-winning Costume Designer for films and theatre

"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."

"All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left."

"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."

"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."

"The truly fashionable are beyond fashion."

"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."

"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."

"I can't afford a whole new set of enemies."

"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."

"What is elegance? Soap and water!"

"Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore."