Audrey Hepburn was always stunning on screen in both beauty and performance, giving great inspiring people all over the world. Today, she’s mostly remembered as a style icon and an idea of what defines a lovely woman. However, If you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that she could be looked up to for more than her grace. She dedicated her life to helping others, particularly children in impovershed countries like the Sudan, becoming a UN ambassador. It’s rumored that when she knew she was going to die, her greatest fear was for the children around the world who still needed help. While we’ll always remember how beautiful and iconic Audrey Hepburn was, we need to remember of the ways she made a difference in her life. To help remind us, here are some great Audrey Hepburn quotes on giving back.
“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”
This quote attests to Audrey Hepburn’s loving spirit, and to how she felt the need to help the underprivileged people who not only needed resources, but needed to know that they aren’t forgotten and that they are loved.
“I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical aid right after World War II.”
Hepburn was dancing in war torn Europe throughout the war, and even helped back then by dancing in ballet that raised money for organizations to fight the Nazis. Her life experience seemed to play a great role in her eventual humanitarianism.
“ ‘The Third World’ is a term I don’t like very much because we’re all one world. I want the world to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.”
Sometimes we’re so wrapped in our own lives that we don’t think about the people who are far worse off then we are. Hepburn used her fame and her platform for good, insisting that poverty wasn’t just the problem of one part of the world, but all of it.
“There’s a moral obligation that those who have should give to those who don’t.”
Of course, with all of her fame and fortune, Hepburn felt that she needed to give back. She had seen strife early in her life, and she couldn’t forget about people who were struggling while she was making movies, and attending events in expensive Givenchy dresses. Hepburn took action and left a positive impact on the world.
“Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of being a politicization of human aid, there will be a humanization of politics.”
Clearly, there’s still work to be done here, but it gives us something to work on. We should all work hard to make Hepburn’s vision come true. We need to channel her generosity to make the world a better place. So if you’re trying to emulate Audrey Hepburn, don’t just try to get her eyebrows or a buy little black dress like hers from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Focus on her inner beauty, and do your part to give back.