20 of Princess Diana's Most Memorable Quotes

Amy Goldman | Dec 4, 2015 Celebrities
20 of Princess Diana's Most Memorable Quotes
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These days, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle are all carrying on the legacy of Princess Diana's generous work and big-hearted philanthropy. Those who remember her know all too well that Princess Diana was a woman of action, but she also spoke eloquently about the issues that mattered to her.

Over the course of her life, which was cut far too short when she was just 36 years old in 1997, the Princess of Wales shared with the world countless empowering quotes. The way Diana fought for the life she wanted cemented her legacy as the feminist icon we admire so much today. Much like her actions, her words reflected her core beliefs.

Whether she was talking about relationships, charity, family, tolerance, or royal traditions, Princess Diana made quite the impression by being both outspoken and awe-inspiring. It's no surprise that her sons feel, to this day, that it is an honor to follow in her footsteps. As Prince Harry said on the Telegraph reporter Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast in 2017. “What my mother believed is the fact that you are in a position of privilege or a position of responsibility and if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in…then you can smash any stigma you want.”

Keep reading for 20 favorite Diana quotes. They're sure to inspire. 

  • On Happiness

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    "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 Being Needed

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    "I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be."

  • On Love

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    "I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that."

  • On Fighting for Her Children

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    "I will fight for my children on any level so they can reach their potential as human beings and in their public duties."

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  • On Caring

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    "Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves."

  • On Empathy

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    "I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams."

  • On Kindness

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    "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 Family

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    "Family is the most important thing in the world."

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  • On Her Destiny

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    "Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny."

  • On Relationships

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    "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 Royalty

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    "I'd like to be a queen in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being queen of this country."

  • On Charity

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    "Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can."

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  • On Courage

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    "Two things stand like stone: kindness in another's trouble, courage in your own."

  • On Tolerance

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    "The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other."

  • On Valuing Others

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    "Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back."

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  • On Following Your Heart 

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    "Only do what your heart tells you."

  • On Life

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    "Life is a journey."

  • On Hugs 

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    "Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children."

  • On Hanging On

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    "If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love."

  • On Human Touch 

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    “I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.”

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