Before Beyonce, Katharine Hepburn was known as the fiercest lady of them all. The actress, who is known as one of the (if not the) best to ever grace the big screen, has become an icon in every sense of the word. Sure, she won four Academy Awards, but her real feat was how she broke the mold for how women should act. Hepburn was no damsel in distress — quite the opposite really. She was bold, confident, witty and assertive.

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Hepburn was also a style icon. During a time when feminine clothes ruled the world for women, Hepburn stepped out in suits, blazers, trousers and collard shirts — all of which were completely unorthodox at the time.

In honor of the actress, we’ve rounded up 10 Katharine Hepburn quotes every women should know. Read through, and enjoy!

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”

“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.”

“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone.”
“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”
“If you need a helping hand, you can find one at the end of your arm.”
“I have loved and been in love. There’s a big difference.”
“I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.”
“Wouldn’t it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?”
“Enemies are so stimulating.”
“I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid.”

Which Katharine Hepburn quote is your favorite?