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35 Popular Quotes by Marilyn Monroe

Last updated on May 31st, 2020

35 Popular Quotes by Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, original name Norma Jeane Mortenson, (born June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S. – died August 5, 1962, Los Angeles, California, U.S.) was an American actress, singer, and model, who became one of the most popular sex symbols.

Famous for her look, Monroe starred in several commercially successful films. Most notable are Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956), and Some Like It Hot (1959).

For her work in Some Like It Hot (1959), she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

Decades after her death, Marilyn Monroe continues to be considered a major cultural icon.

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I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.Ms. Magazine (August 1972) p. 41
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The truth is I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 62
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Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.Telegram, turning down a party invitation from Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy (June 13, 1962)
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I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public — talent in privacy.Ms. Magazine (August 1972) p. 40
It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.Marilyn Monroe; a composite view by Edward Wagenknecht (1969) p. 17
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If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 82
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No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 15
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I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
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Millions of people look at you with love and excitement while you stand alone getting ready to do something.Chapter 31. A Gentleman from Center Field, My Story (1974)
Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.Chapter 10. I get Through the Looking Glass, My Story (1974)
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Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.Chapter 22. About Men, My Story (1974)
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If there is only one thing in my life I am proud of, it’s that I’ve never been a kept woman.Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words by George Barris (1995)
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It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
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Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto (2001) p.253
I didn't mind it being a world of men as long as I was a woman in it. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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I didn’t mind it being a world of men as long as I was a woman in it.Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words by George Barris (1995)
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A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
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Most men judge your importance in their lives by how much you can hurt them, not by how happy you can make them.Chapter 24. Another Love Affair Ends, My Story (1974)
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Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.Chapter 23. About Women, My Story (1974)
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The truth can only be recalled, never invented.Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters (2010)
The real lover is the man who can thrill you by just touching your head or smiling into your eyes — or by just staring into space. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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The real lover is the man who can thrill you by just touching your head or smiling into your eyes — or by just staring into space.Chapter 22. About Men, My Story (1974)
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We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift. Art, real art, comes from it – everything.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
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I could never pretend to feel something I didn’t feel. I could never make love if I didn’t love, and if I loved I could no more hide the fact than change the color of my eyes.Chapter 18. I See the World, My Story (1974)
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A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.Chapter 16. My First Love, My Story (1974)
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With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself — for survival and living day to day with what comes up.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 17, 1962)
Respect is one of life's greatest treasures. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures.Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words by George Barris (1995)
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I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.Look Magazine (March 5, 1957)
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Its not to much fun to know yourself to well or think you do – everyone needs a little conceit to carry them past-the through & past the falls.Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters (2010)
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What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 40
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In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hair-do.Chapter 10. I get Through the Looking Glass, My Story (1974)
Fame is not really for a daily diet, that's not what fulfills you. It warms you a bit but the warming is temporary. It's like caviar, you know — it's good to have caviar but not when you have to have it every meal and every day. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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Fame is not really for a daily diet, that’s not what fulfills you. It warms you a bit but the warming is temporary. It’s like caviar, you know — it’s good to have caviar but not when you have to have it every meal and every day.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
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An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like one. A money machine.Ms. Magazine (August 1972) p. 38
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Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 46
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I had the radio on.The Evening Star, Hollywood Diary by Sheilah Graham (June 23, 1952)
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Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experienced, but that’s not where I live.Interview with Richard Meryman, Life Magazine (August 3, 1962)
A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with a career on a cold night. - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
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A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with a career on a cold night.Marilyn Monroe in her own words, edited by Roger Taylor (1983) p. 52

No Source

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Fear is stupid. So are regrets.No source
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I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.No source
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If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.No source
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If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.No source
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Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.No source
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A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.No source
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Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.No source
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We are all stars but we must learn how to shine.No source
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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.No source
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A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.No source

Misattributed

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Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.Bette Midler (More info)