July 1st, 2021, we celebrate what would have been Lady Diana’s 60th birthday. Princess Diana was a woman who changed the world. Her legacy continues to live on in our hearts and minds, even 20 years after her death. But what about all of the life lessons she shared with us? In this blog post, we will take a look at some important life lessons that can be learned from Lady Diana – quotes that are sure to inspire you.
As we reflect on her life, here are some of the lessons she taught us and that will inspire you to be a better person:
Princess Diana was a woman who changed people and countries with her actions – and her words.
“I want to be a queen of people’s hearts. I don’t even care if that makes me their “queen-bee.” It really is true – you can achieve anything as long as you have two hands and one heart.
“I cannot change my destiny, but I can change the way I look at it. And that is what really counts.”
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.”
“It’s important to show people kindness because then you get it back in return. You’ve got to give before you can receive.”
Princess Diana taught us how to live – even in tough times
“I’m not the type of person who dwells on things–what’s happened or what might happen in the future,” she said. “If you keep thinking about all these negative things, then it’s going to affect your life in a very bad way. You have to think about the positive things and keep plugging away.”
Princess Diana showed us how to love – unconditionally, without expectation or judgement
“People are more interested in themselves than anything else-even their children. And it is so easy for parents to become selfish or self-conscious about what they feel is important. But the more you can become aware of that and just put other people first, it does so much for your sense of well-being.”
“When I am happy with myself then there isn’t anyone else I need to please.”
“We all think of ourselves as heroes in our own lives… but I’m more aware now that we have a responsibility towards the people around us; it’s not just about ‘me.’ It’s actually very selfish to focus on yourself and not at least try to think about other people.”
Princess Diana taught us how to raise children with intelligence, compassion
“It’s so important for parents nowadays-especially fathers-to spend time with their children. And the responsibilities of parenting don’t just lie in giving them their food and shelter; it’s so much more. You’ve got to let them see you reading the paper, or cooking an omelette.”
“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress and their hopes and dreams.”
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”
Princess Diana was a woman who showed us how to live – with optimism and service
“I’ve always been one of those people-even when I’m feeling really low or I have this horrendous life–who will walk into a room and think that it’s the most beautiful room in the world.”
“You’ve got to go through crises before you can get out into the sunshine. It’s a necessary part of life, I think.”
“I don’t think I’m very good at being royal–for me life was about the service of others and that will never change.”
Princess Diana showed us how to live – with happiness and wisdom
“The only thing that really matters is how you feel about yourself and not what other people think of you.”
“I would like women in general-in this day and age-to be a little less dainty about everything they do,” said Diana. “It seems that we’re always so concerned about our nails, or what we wear. Women need to be a little bit more assertive and not so worried about offending people.”
“I always felt it important in life to believe in something bigger than me–something more universal; I needed to have faith in something outside of my own self-interest—personal ambition, lust for power, thirst to be famous.”
Princess Diana had one last message for us:
“It really doesn’t matter what you wear or how you do your hair,” said Diana. “What matters is who’s inside the clothes and their heart.”
And we should never forget the Princess Diana’s lessons on living – to show kindness, love unconditionally, live with dignity and grace.
“I think at the end of your life there are three things that count: how much you cared; how gently you touched people’s lives and how long was spent on earth doing what makes them happy.”
These are qualities that many of us strive for in our lives; but it all starts with one person—with you.
Written by Parul Agrawal.
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