Celebrating the People’s Princess and her impact on us still to this day.
Everyone knows the name Princess Diana. Not only are her quotes powerful and inspirational, but even still, 20 years after her tragic death, we continue to look to her words as motivation to keep on going and growing.
Commonly described as ‘The People’s Princess’, the nickname fit her well. While she was Diana, Princess of Wales, she was admired by the entire world.
We watched her every move, admired her strength, adored her personality, and mourned her passing.
Married to Prince Charles at the young age of 20, she was anything but what the people expected. She went about many things in an untraditionally royal way.
While her royal wedding was quite the affair, including a massive gown and a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral, she started off the marriage by abandoning the royal wedding vow of saying that she would obey Prince Charles.
That is some SERIOUS girl power there … and it left quite an impact. At her son’s wedding, William and Kate followed her lead by not including the traditional vow.
She also made a point to not only be a princess, but a mother. She made sure to take her sons, William and Harry, to school herself whenever her schedule permitted and would often pick out what they would wear.
She also took her sons on outings, which was not typical for royal children. While these types of acts seem normal for any family, this was a royal family, so the norm was much different.
These acts made her seem much more human and relatable, attributing to her overall appeal and admiration.
And of course, she worked hard to support the causes she believed in. While she worked with and supported many causes, she was passionate about bringing knowledge of Aids into a brighter spotlight, and it became one of her favorite causes to work with.
Of course with all the good that she did, her public attention was not always positive. Some people disagreed with the way she broke traditional royal expectations.
Obviously, the biggest critique of some was to put the blame on her for the failure of the marriage, even though Prince Charles had admitted to his own infidelity. They divorced in August of 1996.
And then shockingly and suddenly, the world and all of Princess Diana’s admirers were blindsided by the car crash in Paris that resulted in her death on August 31, 1997.
The entire world tuned in for the broadcast of her funeral.
20 years later, Diana is far from forgotten — especially since the summer of the anniversary of her death is full of new documentaries detailing her life and hotly debated demise. The documentaries range from HBO’s film where her sons — William and Harry — discuss their memories of their mother, to TLC’s special which dives into the conspiracy theory side of history.
In a time when people will be reflecting on the princess, and looking for answers in the small details and information that they can absorb from her life and her death, it’s important to remember who she was other than the news that surrounded her. Do that with 22 of the best quotes from Princess Diana herself.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.
She taught us that everyone deserves to feel valued.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” — Princess Diana
Kindness is most important in life.
“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.” — Princess Diana
Princess Diana acknowledged the value of family.
“Family is the most important thing in the world.” — Princess Diana
She reminded us to follow our hearts.
“Only do what your heart tells you.” — Princess Diana
Her words are relevant even as time moves on without her.
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” — Princess Diana
Remember that life is unpredictable, and Princess Diana knew how to value her time here on Earth.
“Life is just a journey.” — Princess Diana
One of her many acts of kindness.
“Hugs can do great amounts of good — especially for children.” — Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales, knew how to live her best life.
“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?” — Princess Diana
She reminded us to hold onto love.
“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” — Princess Diana
She was aware of the real issues plaguing the world.
“The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.” — Princess Diana
Princess Diana knew how to make real connections, that’s why she was the people’s princess.
“I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.” — Princess Diana
She was happy and taught that grace comes from forgiveness.
“When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.” — Princess Diana
She knew what was needed for genuine happiness.
“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.” — Princess Diana
Princess Diana was the prime example of a strong, inspirational female role model.
“People think that, at the end of the day, a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me.” — Princess Diana
She cared so much for giving back.
“Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.” — Princess Diana
She didn’t care what others thought.
“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.” — Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales, let her heart be her guide.
“I don’t go by the rule book; I lead from the heart, not the head.” — Princess Diana
She did things for the right reasons.
“I’m here to do good. I’m not a destructive person.” — Princess DianaShe did things for the right reasons.
She wanted the world to be a better place.
“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.” — Princess Diana
Princess Diana was a strong, intelligent woman.
“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 the fear. Why is she strong? Where does she get it from? Where is she taking it? Where is she going to use it?” — Princess Diana
She couldn’t stress how important it was to care for and love others.
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.” — Princess Diana
This is definitely something she achieved.
“I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts.” — Princess Diana