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Audrey Hepburn

  • ... nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering. Nothing. Not a career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • As much as I loved the art and discipline of the dance, it didn't love me!

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • [On money:] A certain amount is a necessity. That amount changes with the times, of course, but anything over that is really unnecessary. I'm not just talking about enough for the bare essentials, either. Everyone develops a way to live, a style, that ultimately makes them feel comfortable, secure. For some it might mean Dubuffets and Dufys on the walls. I pity them, because that takes a fortune. For others, it may be roses in the garden and a machine that washes dishes. Without being greedy, which is a necessity for some sick people, everybody intuitively knows what they need. Desires are a different thing altogether. Money has nothing to do with them, but don't fall into the trap of confusing them with needs, either.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • [On success:] It's like reaching an important birthday and finding out you're exactly the same. All I feel is the responsibility to live up to it. And even, with luck, survive it.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • Gardening is the greatest tonic and therapy a human being can have. Even if you have only a tiny piece of earth, you can create something beautiful, which we all have a great need for. If we begin by respecting plants, it's inevitable we'll respect people.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • I will not rest until no child goes hungry. All is possible.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • A child is a child in any country, whatever the politics. Let's get down to basics. That's what a child forces you to do. Nothing else much matters, there is no complicated diplomacy, when a child is starving. It's simple. And we'd better do something about it. For our sakes, too. That is, if we want to continue to call ourselves human.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • If you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, you must remember you have a second hand. The first one is to help yourself, the second one is to help others.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Diana Maychick, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait ()
  • Who thinks you're as fantastic as your dog does?

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Warren G. Harris, Audrey Hepburn ()
  • [On her UNICEF work:] I'm glad I've got a name, because I'm using it for what it's worth. ... I do not want to see mothers and fathers digging graves for their children.

    • Audrey Hepburn,
    • in Warren G. Harris, 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,
    • in Sara McEwen, Audrey Hepburn: Biography of Hollywood's Greatest Movie Actress ()

Audrey Hepburn, English-born U.S. actor

(1929 - 1993)

Full name: Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston.