In a world full of gadgets, quick fixes and technological advances, sometimes it's best to look to the past for some clear-headed advice on all things beauty. Like a fine wine, certain mantras only get better with age - especially when they come from timeless screen icons such as Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe. Whether it's practical advice (Mae West swears by the power of curves) or more philosophical musings (the beauty of a woman is not in the way she combs her hair, according to Audrey Hepburn), these women really do know it all. Click on the gallery below to read their words of wisdom on everything from the importance of wearing perfume in bed to growing old gracefully.
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"I think that the most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser."
"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."
"What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course."
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair."
"I don't want my wrinkles taken away - I don't want to look like everyone else."
"The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer."
"Any girl can look glamorous... just stand there and look stupid."
"Be yourself. The world worships the original."
"Something pretty... that's just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don't worry about it."
"A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future."
"Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life."
"Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided."
"On the whole, I think women wear too much and are to fussy. You can't see the person for all the clutter."
"Even the most beautiful legs - Marlene Dietrich's, for instance - look better when the kneecap is covered."
"A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot."