Success doesn’t honour the meek, so commit these jaw-dropping Karl Lagerfeld quotes to memory and stop being such a wallflour.

Known in and out of the fashion world for his cutting tongue, the iconic Chanel legend is nothing if not honest.

Authentic to the core, this figurehead of the luxury industry doesn’t let minuscule things like feelings inhibit his opinions.

On the contrary, he expresses his philosophies with unapologetic openness.

If you’re caught in the firing line of his acerbic witticisms, then that’s your fault.

So stick around, slip on your thickest skin, and prepare for many doses of brutal honesty.

You never know, you could actually really like it.

Karl Lagerfeld quotes: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

“I’m very much down to earth. Just not this earth.”

“A sense of humour and a little lack of respect: that’s what you need to make a legend survive.”

“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.”

“Trendy is the last stage of tacky.”

“I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me.”

“What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it.”

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

“What I love best in life is new starts.”

“The brain is a muscle, and I’m kind of a body builder.”

“The worst is when your friends say, ‘Remember the good old days?’ Forget about the good old days! That just makes your present second-hand. What is interesting is now.”

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