Audrey Hepburn was a renowned British actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian. She was also the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. Born in Belgium, she was known for her radiant beauty, elegance, and sophistication.
Being a professional, she also worked as a model and a dancer since her early days. She pursued Ballet in Amsterdam and later in London, where she debuted as a chorus girl in High Button Shoes. That same year she debuted in the film One Wild Oat in 1951.
She contributed to the success of many movies where her role has been proven iconic to this day. Some of them are Roman Holiday for which she won her only Academy Award, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sabrina, Charade, Funny face, and a lot many more which contributes to her legacy. She was also an EGOT, a term used for someone who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.
In 1988 she was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Her devotion to humanitarian work and visits to villages in Latin America, Asia, and Africa reflected her kindness in the world. Being one of the most successful actresses of all time, she is even iconic to this day. Below are some of the best Audrey Hepburn Quotes.
A woman can be beautiful as well as intellectual.
A lot of times, women are being categorized as either being beautiful or intellectual. Stereotyping her saying she cannot be both. This generalization has deprived the world of great minds since those women were always told to care about their looks and never encouraged to step out and contribute to make our society a better place. Here Audrey is trying to say she can be both. In fact, she can be whoever she wants to be. She doesn't have to necessarily choose between either.
They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.
Loving unconditionally will always be in your favor. Loving someone with expectations might not meet your expectations. But loving without asking anything in return won't disappoint you even if you get nothing. No loss is also a great investment. The more love you spread in the world, the more it will come back to you.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
Often, we make assumptions about a person from someone else's perspective, and we create a narrative about that person, which is wrong. Never judge someone unless and until you have interacted with them. The way someone speaks about other people says a lot about them rather than people imposing their perceptions on you.
Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.
Everyone is unique in their own way. Often people try to change our personality by dominating us. At such times we shouldn't forget that whatever we have been through has made us, and the other person wouldn't get it. Adapting is good, but changing yourself just to fit in will only leave you without a personality. Hence once we identify our actual personality, we should stick to it rather than keep on changing it.
Few more Audrey Hepburn Quotes...
I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.
Audrey is just being humble here. Being one of the most beautiful women of her time, she still questioned her achievements. She very smartly is insinuating the fact that a pretty face isn't enough to be published, but a unique personality is also needed.
I have learnt how to live… how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch.
Being a spectator is so much easier than standing up for what you believe in and live a dignified life. Living your life doesn't mean you dodge the problems life throws at you. They are thrown at you for a reason. These problems help you to learn how to strive in the world, how to live.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Whatever life gives you in all its kindness, you should learn to give it back. Life is not that kind to a lot of people, so it is the responsibility of the more privileged to help the lesser ones. Charity begins at home. Hence the two hands that are provided to you should be used to help yourself and others.
Not to live for the day, that would be materialistic — but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin, on the surface, without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.
A lot of people forget to be grateful for life. You are having a roof over your head and food in your belly hints at your richness. Instead of being materialistic and cribbing about what you don't have, we need to take a step back and just appreciate us being alive.
Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.
This statement is a contradiction in itself. A realist doesn't believe in miracles. But Audrey here believes that miracles exist, and we see them every day around us, so she says if you are a true realist, you would believe in miracles too.
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Good things aren't supposed to just fall into your lap. God is very generous, but he expects you to do your part first.
God will show you the path, but you have to walk on it alone, facing all the challenges thrown at you. If you want something, it wouldn't be served to you on a platter. You will have to work hard to achieve it.
The beauty in a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart; the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring and that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
Here Audrey is implying that a woman is not just the physical features she carries; she is so much more than that. She is the beautiful soul behind the pretty eyes, the kind words she speaks from her lips.it is her personality that represents the women, not the outer beauty which might wither away in years to come.
I've been lucky. Opportunities don't often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.
You won't always be presented with opportunities. Very few people have the privilege of such a recurring offer. In contrast, the rest of them have to go out there and make their opportunities.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
It is the people in our lives that make us. The materialistic things aren't our companions. They don't provide physical and mental support in tough times. So out of everything, making good relationships and maintaining them is what matters the most. It doesn't even matter what number of relations you have until you have at least one true one, then that matters.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it's all that matters.
Oftentimes in our rat race to success, we tend to forget that we live only once. The only things that are truly yours are the memories you have with your loved ones. Those are your sole possessions while you die. So making the most of your life, enjoying it to the fullest is the only thing that matters.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn is an inspiration to all the young girls out there. She is teaching them that happiness makes them look pretty, not self-doubt or self-consciousness. So instead of weakening in front of a particular situation, we must show everyone our strengths and hold on to the hope of a better tomorrow.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. For seeing the beauty in someone else, you must be beautiful from the inside. The only kind of beauty you can achieve is the inner one. For good lips, smile and radiate warmth and kindness. For beautiful eyes find the good in others rather than their shortcomings. And for poise, walk with grace, dignity, and confidence of knowing you have some to walk with.
Some more Audrey Hepburn Quotes...
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
We always need to be hopeful about the future. Getting scared of the outcomes will only hinder us from trying. Audrey is comparing this situation to planting a garden. When you plant a garden, you have no clue what the future holds for you or that garden, you just plant it in the hope it might survive. Similarly, in our cases also we should be hopeful, put in the same effort and hard work, and not worry about the outcome.
If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.
If the world was to end, nobody would cry about the materialistic things they weren't able to achieve. They won't remember the sadness or accidents that happened with them. But they will remember to rejoice in the good memories or regret the fact of not making any less of them. Hence, Audrey implies that it is very important to spend time with your loved ones and make memories.
Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
Regretting about yesterday and overthinking about the future wouldn't do anyone any good. Living every day as it passes, spending maximum time with people as they come and go out of our lives is something that should be appreciated.
Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can't take it in all at once.
As you grow up, you make decisions and choices which you may or may not regret. We often have no clue why we are put into certain situations. But as we grow older, the puzzle pieces of life start to fall in places. They give us answers we have always wondered about. So whenever you ask life "why me", you need to have the patience for that answer and realize that it is for the greater good.