"I never think of myself as an icon," she once said. But there are reasons other people did—and still do. Here, to celebrate Audrey Hepburn's birthday, are 20 quotes and photos that capture her unique combination of elegance, kindness and down-to-earth charm.
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. 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."
Photo by Earl Leaf
"I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally."
"The beauty of 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 the heart, the place where love resides."
"I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine."
"Sex appeal is something that you feel deep down inside. It's suggested rather than shown. I'm not as well-stacked as Sophia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida, but there is more to sex appeal than just measurements."
"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same."
"As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself. All of which I've earned a living doing."
"There must be something wrong with those people who think Audrey Hepburn doesn't perspire, hiccup or sneeze, because they know that's not true. In fact, I hiccup more than most."
"If I get married, I want to be very married."
"I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel."
"True friends are families which you can select."
Photo by Bert Hardy
"For me, the only things of interest are those linked to the heart."
Photo by Ed Feingersh
"Life is a party. Dress for it."
"Everything I learned, I learned from the movies."
"Pick the day. Enjoy it—to the hilt."
"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."
"I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does."
Photo by Maria Bastone
"Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there's nothing more to live for."
"The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering."
Photo by Peter Charlesworth
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."
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