By Audrey

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. 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.

The important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.

Unfortunately, people basically learn little from war. We needed each other so badly that we were kind, we hid each other, we gave each other something to eat. But when it was over, people were just the same — gossipy and mean.

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

Not to live for the day, that would be materialistic — but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin — on the surface — without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.

My own life has been much more than a fairy tale. I’ve had my share of difficult moments, but whatever difficulties I’ve gone through, I’ve always gotten the prize at the end.

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.

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.

Sabrina was a dreamer who lived a fairy-tale, and she was a romantic, an incorrigible romantic, which I am. I could never be cynical. I wouldn’t dare. I’d roll over and die before that.

The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.

When the chips are down, you are alone, and loneliness can be terrifying. Fortunately, I’ve always had a chum I could call. And I love to be alone. It doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m my own company.

I may not always be offered work, but I’ll always have my family.

Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.

I guess I was just born to be a mother, and if I could have had more than two sons, if I could have had daughters as well, and dozens of them, then I certainly would.

If you lead a simple life, and that story is written, then that story will not satisfy. It needs an angle. Suppose there is no angle?

Look, whenever I hear or read I’m beautiful, I simply don’t understand it … I’m certainly not beautiful in any conventional way. I didn’t make my career on beauty.

I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s mind is not in my mind. I just do my thing.

I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.

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.

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.

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.

About Audrey

There is no doubt that the princess did become a queen — not only on the screen. One of the most loved, one of the most skillful, one of the most intelligent, one of the most sensitive, charming actresses — and friends, in my life — but also in the later stages of her life, the UNICEF ambassador to the children of the world. The generosity, sensitivity, the nobility of her service to the children of the world and the mothers of the world will never be forgotten. – Gregory Peck

She was the best that we could possibly be; she was perfectly charming and perfectly loving. She was a dream. And she was the kind of dream that you remember when you wake up smiling. – Richard Dreyfuss

When you were with Audrey you felt prettier, better about yourself and your own possibilities. – Janis Blackschleger

There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn. – Hubert de Givenchy

Audrey was known for something which has disappeared, and that is elegance, grace and manners … God kissed her on the cheek, and there she was. – Billy Wilder

She was the first to make something that’s not sexy, sexy. – Cynthia Rowley

Audrey had an angelic quality about her. She didn’t act like she was better than everyone, she just had a presence, an energy, a sort of light coming from within her that was overwhelming. – Kevyn Aucoin

Thanks to their first glimpse of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, half a generation of young females stopped stuffing their bras and teetering on stiletto heels. – The New York Times

Once she sensed that she could trust somebody, she’d do anything for them. And if she were disappointed in them, it would be the end of the world for her. – Robert Wolders

I would look at some of the other stars like Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, and I would think — there’s just no way, I could never be like them. That was a man’s idea of beauty, and Audrey was more like a woman’s idea of beauty. It was something that was attainable, that I could identify with. – Cynthia Rowley

One got a sense that Audrey Hepburn didn’t know how beautiful she was. There was never another movie star like her. – Isaac Mizrahi

She was always on time and ready to work. She knew her lines, in fact, her suggestions elevated the lines — she could give lessons on celebrity behaviour. – Janis Blackschleger

This girl, single-handedly, may make bosoms a thing of the past. – Billy Wilder

Audrey was so impish and yet so simply beautiful. A lot of the other celebrities depended on other things, physically — on their breasts and their shape. She didn’t make a big thing out of that, and for that reason, I thought she was wonderful. Because you didn’t have to be conscious of the physique, you were only conscious of the persona. – Sid Avery

Audrey Hepburn looks like every girl and like no girl. – unknown

The lesson from Audrey is that she faced her life with as much optimism and courage as she could. – Kevyn Aucoin

Having known Audrey, I have less tolerance for the star thing, and she was responsible for me having less tolerance — if Audrey Hepburn can live on the road for three months, and be more talented than 99.9 percent of anybody on this planet, and come in and be on time and know her material and be delightful and professional and give you gold on camera — when I come across the behaviour now, I have a really hard time with it. Celebrities today need to go to the Audrey Hepburn School of How to Be a Star. She should have given lessons or written a book about it! – Julie Leifermann

Before I even met Audrey, I had a crush on her, and after I met her, just a day later, I felt as if we were old friends … most men who worked with her felt both fatherly or brotherly about her, while harboring romantic feelings about her … she was the love of my life. – William Holden

She was so gracious and graceful that everybody fell in love with her after five minutes. Everybody was in love with this girl, I included. My problem was that I am a guy who speaks in his sleep. I toss around and talk and talk … But fortunately, my wife’s first name is Audrey as well. – Billy Wilder

Playing a love scene with a woman as sexy as Audrey, you sometimes get to the edge where make-believe and reality are blurred, all that staring into each other’s eyes — you pick up vibes that are decidedly not fantasy … The time spent with Audrey is one of the closest I’ve ever had. – Albert Finney

Audrey sensed very early in her life and career that self-worth based on fame or beauty is very short-lived, and so she remained forever herself — realistic, aware, and caring. – Robert Wolders

[I asked her] how do you and Rob do it? How do you spend all this time together, travel together, live together, without killing each other? She said, ‘We just enjoy going through the world together.’ It was the sweetest thing to see their little jokes — that playful, mischievous side of her. She was so smart, so well-read, spoke gazillions of languages. No wonder Robbie never got bored with her. – Julie Leifermann

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