What Audrey Hepburn taught us about the art of living

With style and grace, Audrey Hepburn became an icon for womanhood. Here’s what she taught us about life, love, and kindness.

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“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

Take a look through Hollywood films from the 1950s and you’ll predominantly see buxom beauties. With her skinny waist, short hair, and thick eyebrows, Audrey Hepburn single-handedly changed the way leading ladies looked in Hollywood, and fundamentally shook up the ‘system’ of Hollywood.

“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if your ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.”

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

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“I may not always be offered work. But I will always have my family.” — Audrey Hepburn

Our lesson here is that our careers should never define us. All that really matters in life are those we choose to share it with. True beauty comes from the connections we share with others.

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

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“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

When we are truly happy with ourselves, our beauty will radiate from the inside out. If you’re at peace with yourself, it will show in your smile. No beauty routine in the world can charade as genuine inner self-acceptance.

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”

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“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

It’s important to inject as much love into the world as possible — especially in the current climate. Stay kind, stay grateful, stay modest.

“The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart. That is where love resides.”

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“Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.” — Audrey Hepburn

If it’s true that the eyes are the window to our souls, then we can assume our beauty radiates from the inside out. The positive traits and qualities a person shares with the world is always something I admire.

Love and be loved.

By cultivating kindness and striving to be courteous, we can make the world a kinder place. None of us are perfect, of course, but believe that your real beauty lies in the way you treat others.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn used her fame to do good for those less fortunate.

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