Today (April 15th) is the 27th birthday of beloved actress, model, and activist Emma Watson. Born on Easter Sunday (1990) in Paris, France, Watson was raised in England before taking on her memorable role of Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter films at the young age of 10.
While the star has since moved on from the Harry Potter franchise to build her own career, this boss lady has become a role model around the globe. She also happens to have made a number of inspirational and uplifting statements on life that are so powerful everyone must read them.
So in honor of her 27th birthday, here are 27 uplifting quotes on life from Emma Watson:
"You only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn."
"Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. I was completely the eager beaver in school, I was the girl in the front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up, and it’s often not cool to be the person that puts themself out there, and I’ve often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in—even if it makes you vulnerable—amazing things can and will happen."
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.”
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”
“It’s amazing people get so detached from what they eat and what they wear. No one has any contact with how things are made that are put in their body and put in their mouths and I just find it alarming that no one questions it.”
“I think that it is very important if you know what you want, understand where you are heading towards, and try your best to get it. It is only when we use our hearts to do it, and fall in love with what we are doing, then can we really get real determination.”
“I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want fear of failure to stop me doing what I really care about.”
“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.”
"How can we effect change in the world when only one half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?"
“There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect – you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are.”
"I truly truly believe that beauty comes from within."
"It's time we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals."
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”
“All I can do is follow my instincts, because I'll never please everyone."
Happy birthday, Emma!
Featured image via wdish.