quote by Ida B. Wells

In slave times the Negro was kept subservient and submissive by the frequency and severity of the scourging, but, with freedom, a new system of intimidation came into vogue; the Negro was not only whipped and scourged; he was killed.

— Ida B. Wells

Reckoning Vogue quotations

Vogue quote Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.

Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue.

It's not like honey dip would wanna get with me, But just in case I own more condoms than TLC.

It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.

My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest.


Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.

I think you are born chic. You cannot be chic. It is something you cannot learn.

I would like just one time to be on the cover of Italian Vogue.

Surely the vogue of those twisted and contorted human figures must be as short as it is artificial.

One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.


Rhythm is born in all of us. To be a desirable dancing partner, you don't have to do all the intricate fancy steps that happen to be in vogue. All you have to do is be a good average dancer, and anybody who spends the time and effort can accomplish this.

It's the mishaps that make it fun, and brings you the surprise.

Many photographers feel their client is the subject.

My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I'm trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.

This is a collaborative enterprise," she says.

"You have to surround yourself with good people and help them to do what they do well, as opposed to micromanaging.

There are vogues and fashions in jurisprudence as in literature and art and dress.


Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This abandonment is having an unfortunate vogue. It is tasteless, formless, absurd. Without containment there is no art. All this vomiting and wheezing and bursting at the seams is no more great acting than the convulsions of raving maniacs.

I envied women with signature hair-dos, signature perfumes, signature sign-offs.

Novelists who tell Vogue Magazine: “I can’t live without my Smythson notebook, Pomegranate Noir cologne by Jo Malone and Frette sheets”. In the grip of madness, materialism begins to look like an admirable belief system.

Fashion is such a fairytale and it is such a fantasy.

And it's about metamorphosis and sort of changing yourself and playing a part that you want people to see.

Despite the many iniquities that have found entrance into the practices of image-worship as it is in vogue now, I do not condemn it. Ay, where would I have been if I had not been blessed with the dust of the holy feet of that orthodox, image-worshipping Brahmin!

I almost cried the other day listening to ‘Vogue’ by Madonna.


Welcome to Atlanta Jack and hammers and vogues Back to the mackin' and jackin' the clothes Adolescents packin the fo'

At an early age I discovered the beauty in pictures in 'Vogue' magazine and Ebony magazine, and I would read 'The New York Times.' I had to make my own world within my world because I was an only child.

Vogue is not a practical magazine, it provides sensations, feeling, moods, you like the photos.

You probably won't remember me. I'm probably ancient history. I'm one of the chosen few who went ahead and fell for you. I'm out of vogue, I'm out of touch. I fell too fast, I feel too much. I thought that you might have some advice to give on how to be insensitive.

I love street, adore street. Life is about mixing things and to be divine in the streets. Voila!


If you try all different styles that are in vogue, I think you con yourself.

Me, I just stick by my guns; I don't want to play out of another man's bag.

Audiences trust Westerns when you hit the right tone.

I think they're not in vogue, but they will always be in vogue when you hit the right note.

Liberman said to me, 'I must cut back on the work you do for Vogue.

The editors don't like it. They say the photographs burn on the page . After some years, I began to understand that what they wanted of me was simply a nice, sweet, clean-looking image of a lovely young woman.

It was all about flying round the world, working hard, being on the cover of Vogue, making money. It wasn't fun. It was exhausting, but I was young and convinced I knew best.

My life isn’t theories and formulae.

It’s part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I’ve absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone… from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from Vogue magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.


This is a choice I made 26 years ago when I joined the magazine.

Vogue was in Italian but I wanted to speak to everyone so I thought of creating images that were made to talk.

When I was having my hair and make-up done backstage at a fashion show, I would sneak in a copy of Dostoevsky and read it inside a copy of Elle or Vogue. But it would be pretentious of me to say I was more intelligent than the other supermodels.

I've been very lucky to put women that I sincerely admire on the cover of 'Vogue:' the then First Lady and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and, more recently, First Lady Michelle Obama. Those were benchmarks for the magazine, and certainly covers that I've been very, very proud of.

I am thrilled to become International Vogue Editor at Condé Nast International, which has a real commitment to journalistic excellence, and to have the opportunity to write for a wider global audience through the Vogue websites.

Vogue' is the best of everything that fashion can offer, and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamorous girlfriend.

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