21/09/2015 07:35 BST | Updated 21/09/2015 10:59 BST

Jackie Collins Dead: 8 Quotes From The 'Queen Of Steam' That Teach Us About Life, Love And Sex

Jackie Collins, the author dubbed the "Queen of Steam" thanks to her erotic novels, has died from breast cancer at the age of 77.

In an interview with The Telegraph in 2012, the author joked: "On my tombstone I want the words: 'She gave a lot of people a lot of pleasure'."

With 32 best-selling books centring on love affairs and sex, there's no denying Collins taught the world a thing or two about the bedroom.

But it wasn't just her frank discussions of relationships that we adored.

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Jackie Collins

Throughout her career, the mother-of-three gave insightful interviews on everything from love and sex to feminism and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

Here are just eight of the life lessons we learned from her wise words:

Love isn’t easy

"Falling in love is like getting hit by a large truck and yet not being mortally wounded. Just sick to your stomach, high one minute, low the next."

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The secret to great sex is actually quite simple

"If you want to have great sex, find a partner who really turns you on. Pills are merely props, and props can turn out to be a big drag."

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Follow your heart and you’ll succeed

"If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do."

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Always value your independence

"Women should have self-respect and a career. Because if you get married and don’t have a career, what do you have to fall back on if it all falls to pieces?"

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Learn from your mistakes, they can lead to something magical

"I never cross anything out. I just add to it. It's embellishing."

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Haters gonna hate

"The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them."

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Feminism is about equality, pure and simple

"'Feminist' always conjures up a picture of a bunch of women ripping off their bras and throwing them away, which is so ridiculous. It's kind of like a cliche. I am a feminist in my own particular way. Of course I want equal rights for women, and I've always written about the double standard that exists between men and women, and it really pisses me off."


Never regret ANYTHING

"Looking back, I'm not sorry about anything I did."

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