One of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Sophia Loren is a distinguished Italian actress. Due to her striking natural beauty, she is counted among the world’s all time most attractive women.

Loren spent more than five decades in the spotlight playing roles in more than 100 movies, but her life hasn’t always been glamorous. She grew up in extreme poverty as a shy and quiet child.

Sophia lived in the city of Pozzuoli, at her grandparents’ home where she shared a bedroom with eight other relatives. During World War II, things got even worse as the city was a frequent bombing target. In the middle of one raid, Loren was knocked to the ground by a shrapnel and injured her chin.

Her life changed in 1951 after she enrolled in the national film school and received her first role as an extra in Quo Vadis.

At 85 years old, Loren defies age by keeping her youthful energy and makes stunning appearances every time she walks down the red carpet

Here are 25 Sophia Loren quotes about being beautiful inside and out:

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.

The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.

Real manliness is nurtured in kindness and gentleness, which I associate with intelligence, comprehension, tolerance, justice, education, and high morality.

If you haven’t cried, your eyes cannot be beautiful.

Discipline is the great equalizer. If a young woman is beautiful but has no discipline, she will lose her looks as she grows older. If a plain woman is disciplined she will undoubtedly become more beautiful with time.

It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

Being beautiful can never hurt, but you have to have more. You have to sparkle, you have to be fun, you have to make your brain work if you have one.

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.

It’s a mistake to think that once you’re done with school you need never learn anything new.

A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.

If you really believe in your union, you have to nourish it and work for it, then you can really spend your life together forever.

You must all, somewhere deep in your hearts, believe that you have a special beauty that is like no other and that is so valuable that you must not abandon it. Indeed, you must learn to cherish it.

Believe me, it is actions that count.

Extravagant though it may sound, solitude is the filter of my soul. It nourishes me, and rejuvenates me. Left alone, I discovered that I keep myself good company.

I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.

At the dressing table, every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said, ‘completes what nature left unfinished.’

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about.

Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin. It’s not a question of clothes or makeup. It’s how she sparkles.

If only men realized how easy it is to open a woman’s heart with kindness, and how many women close their hearts to the assaults of the Don Juans.