Mother, princess, leader, rule breaker. Princess Diana will go down in the history books as one of the most influential identities of all times. Despite nearly two decades passing since her tragic death following a car accident in Paris in 1997, the mother-of-two’s memory still burns bright thanks to the incredible legacy of her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Relive some of the 36-year-old’s most memorable quotes below.
On making love work: “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” On her passion: “Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.” On what made her happy: “People think that at the end of the day a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me.” On giving back: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
On caring: “Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” On showing affection: “Hugs can do great amounts of good — especially for children.” On finding her counterpart: “I don’t want expensive gifts; I don’t want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure.” On kindness: “The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.” On what matters more than anything: “Family is the most important thing in the world.”
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On her legacy: “I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being Queen of [England].” On forgiveness: “When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.” On being a trailblazer: “I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.” On raising William and Harry: “I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.”
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This post was written by Bella Brennan. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.