WORDS OF WISDOM: DIANA VREELAND
The iconic magazine editor lived and worked fabulously, and had a lot of fabulous things to say. If you haven't seen The Eye Has to Travel - the acclaimed documentary about her life - then you're in for an inspiring hour and a half. In the meantime, enjoy two minutes' worth of her best words of wisdom.
“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.”
“A funny person is funny only for so long, but a wit can sit down and go on being spellbinding forever. One is not meant to laugh. One stays quiet and marvels. Spontaneously witty talk is without question the most fascinating entertainment there is.”
““I was so lonely [as a child] in Wyoming. But I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows, and it all comes together.”
"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it."
“I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”
On wanting a fashion shoot in Tahiti to include a white horse, despite the fact that there were few horses on the island: “I only take results. I’ve worked all my life on results. I didn’t give a good goddamn if there were no horses in Tahiti––by God, we’d get some there.”
"There's only one thing in life, and that's the continual renewal of inspiration."
"I sincerely believe that energy grows from itself and the more energy you expand the more you create within yourself. I also believe that energy is habit -- which can be created quite easily. In other words, use your energy and more energy flows and then it is very hard to stop it -- as if one would ever want to!”
“The future holds a golden world. It will be for beauty; it will be for intelligent productiveness.”
“The first rule that a geisha is taught, at the age of nine, is to be charming to other women...Every girl in the world should have geisha training.”