Cecil Beaton Quotes

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.

Just as in Mexico food is peppered to excess, so in New York all drinks are over-iced. Ice is as much an obsession to the Americans as curry to the Indians. One cannot but feel an overt sympathy for the old man on the baby’s highchair who thus for forty years must have been corroding […]

San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.

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

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