6 Quotes By Classic Women To Help Us Stay Classy

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

When it comes to life, these women could talk the talk. Nowadays we look to them to help us keep it classy. 

From Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Grace Kelly, these women ooze class, elegance, sophistication. We've complied a list of some of the best quotes by the best women to help you to stay on the right side of chic.

"I favour pearls on screen and in my private life."

Grace Kelly, Picture: Getty

Wise words spoken by American actress Grace Kelly. She was a popular icon in the 50s. After taking on the theatre and a number of films such as The Country Girl, she went on to marry Prince Rainier III, making her the Princess of Monaco. 

"Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside, but it doesn’t help if you are ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up."

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We don't recommend that anyone eats their makeup, but Audrey Hepburn has a point. She was a British actress and humanitarian, active in the 50s. As well as starring in some iconic films such as Breakfast At Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, she was also a UNICEF activist. As well as English, she could speak French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

Read more: Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

"I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them."

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Elizabeth Taylor believed that her success came from her courage to seize life. She was a prominent actress throughout the 50s and 60s. She starred in her first film, National Velvet, at the age of 12 and continued to act into her seventies. Throughout her career, she received over 40 awards and championed a number of humanitarian organisations, such as the Elizabeth Taylor AIDs Foundation in 1991. 

"I don't understand why people aren't a little more generous with each other."

Marilyn Monroe, Life Magazine, 1962. Picture: Getty

This American actress was born as Norma Jean Baker but is more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe. The American actress and model was famous for playing 'dumb blonde' characters and particularly famous in the 1950s. However, she wasn't as silly as she let on and spoke about a number of meaningful issues. Unfortunately she never actually said many of the quotes that are attributed to her. However, this quote is true!

Read more: Stunning Shots From Marilyn Monroe's Last Ever Photoshoot

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."

Katharine Hepburn. Picture: Getty

Katherine Hepburn was an American actress who rose to fame in the 1930s. However, she continued to be a leading lady in film and on Broadway throughout a career that spanned over 60 years! Katharine died at the grand old age of 96.

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."


Coco Chanel. Picture: Getty

Coco Chanel - or Gabrielle Bonheur as is her real name - was a french fashion designer who founded the fashion label 'Chanel'. She is widely believed to be the woman who 'liberated women from the constraints of the corset'.