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I've been lucky.
by Audrey Hepburn

I've been lucky.
Opportunities don't often come along.
So, when they do, you have to grab them.
- Audrey Hepburn

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- Audrey Hepburn

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm.
- Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
- Audrey Hepburn

 

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
- Audrey Hepburn

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

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales
and I like them best of all.
- Audrey Hepburn

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Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people;
it does for me.
- Audrey Hepburn

I was born with an enormous need for affection,
and a terrible need to give it.
- Audrey Hepburn

Paris is always a good idea.
- Audrey Hepburn

I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

Everything I learned I learned from the movies.
- Audrey Hepburn

There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion.
- Audrey Hepburn

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for,
when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.
- Audrey Hepburn

Success is like reaching an important birthday and
finding you're exactly the same.
- Audrey Hepburn

I'm an introvert...
I love being by myself, love being outdoors,
love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees,
flowers, the sky.
- Audrey Hepburn

If I get married, I want to be very married.
- Audrey Hepburn

I never think of myself as an icon.
What is in other people's minds is not in my mind.
I just do my thing.
- Audrey Hepburn

I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.
- Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.
- Audrey Hepburn

The most important thing is to enjoy your life -
to be happy -
it's all that matters.
- Audrey Hepburn

I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who,
by all laws of logic, should never have made it.
At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

I'm half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium.
If I was a dog, I'd be in a hell of a mess!
- Audrey Hepburn

I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory!
I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.
- Audrey Hepburn

I love people who make me laugh.
I honestly think it's the thing I like most,
to laugh.
It cures a multitude of ills.
It's probably the most important thing in a person.
- Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
- Audrey Hepburn

I believe in manicures.
I believe in overdressing.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink.
I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day,
and...
I believe in miracles.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

Since the world has existed, there has been injustice.
But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller,
more accessible.
There is just no question that there is more obligation
that those who have should give to those who have nothing.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally;
I never expected it to do anything special for me,
yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped.
Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others
come first and you come second.
This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up.
Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss,
dear; get on with it.'
- Audrey Hepburn

I was asked to act when I couldn't act.
I was asked to sing 'Funny Face' when I couldn't sing,
and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance -
and do all kinds of things I wasn't prepared for.
Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
- Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the
true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
- Audrey Hepburn

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements.
I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness.
I can convey just as much sex appeal,
picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
- Audrey Hepburn

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.
- Audrey Hepburn

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.
It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience,
something that never has been and never could
have been experienced by anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

What is admirable about those
who have been of great service to humanity
is not that they suffered in being of service,
but that they found their source of happiness
(joy if you prefer) in that service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)


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