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13 of Audrey Hepburn’s Most Inspiring Quotes

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May 4 isn’t just the day that Star Wars “May the fourth be with you” memes flood your newsfeed—it’s also Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. The actress would have turned 87 today. Hepburn died at the age of 63, but as humanitarian, a rare EGOT winner and a loving mother, she was always wise beyond her years. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the fashion icon.

“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.”

“A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation; provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease; and give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to reach their full potential.”

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life. To be happy. It’s all that matters.”

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements.”

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.”

“There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion.”

“Paris is always a good idea.”

“They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.”

“I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

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