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The Most Inspiring Princess Diana Quotes of All Time

As the 'People's Princess,' Princess Diana touched the hearts of millions.
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In her short life, Princess Diana captived the world with her style, beauty, and grace. As the 'People's Princess,' she did more than that by exhibiting qualities that touched the hearts of millions through her humanitarian work, healing touch, and endless compassion. Below, a few of our favorite quotes from Diana, the Princess of Wales.

ON GROWING UP:

“I knew that something profound was coming my way and I was just treading water, waiting for it. I didn’t know what it was. But I knew I was different from my friends in where I was going.”

ON LIVING LIFE:

“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.”

"I wear my heart on my sleeve."

ON BEING IN THE PUBLIC EYE:

“The kindness and the affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods and always your love and affection have eased the journey.”

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“So many people supported me through my public life, and I will never forget them.”

"I think the British people need someone in public life to give affection, to make them feel important, to support them, to give them light in their dark tunnels. I see it as a possibly unique role, and yes, I've had difficulties, as everybody has witnessed over the years, but let's now use the knowledge I've gathered to help other people in distress."

ON LOVE:

"If you find someone you love in your life, then hang onto them."

"Only do what your heart tells you."

“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 MARRIAGE:

“I think like any marriage, especially when you’ve had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work.”

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ON COMPASSION:

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

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

ON BATTLING DEPRESSION:

"I was unwell with post-natal depression, which no one ever discusses, post-natal depression, you have to read about it afterwards, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. You'd wake up in the morning feeling you didn't want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself."

"In the space of a year my whole life had changed, turned upside down, and it had its wonderful moments, but it also had challenging moments. And I could see where the rough edges needed to be smoothed."

ON MATERIAL POSSESSIONS:

“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.”

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“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”

ON MOTHERHOOD:

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

"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's."

“Hugs can do great amounts of good—especially for children.”

"Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help."

ON PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY:

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

"I will fight for my children on any level so they can reach their potential."

“I live for my sons. I would be lost without them.”

ON BEING A WOMAN:

"A woman's instinct is a very good one."

“I think every strong woman in history has had to walk down a similar path, and I think it’s the strength that causes the confusion and fear.”

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ON BEING A PRINCESS:

Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

“It’s vital that the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It’s what I try and do.”

ON FINDING PURPOSE:

"People think that at the end of the day a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me."

ON BEING A HUMANITARIAN:

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

"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."

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

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"I am not a political figure, I am a humanitarian figure, always was, always will be."

"Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny."

ON COMFORTING THE SICK:

“Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”

“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.”

"You can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable.”

ON PHYSICAL TOUCH:

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it."

“I touch people. I think everyone needs that.”

“Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.”

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ON INTOLERANCE:

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

ON KINDNESS:

"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."

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

ON FORGIVENESS:

"When you are happy you can forgive a great deal."

ON HER ROLE:

"I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them."

"I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts."

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