Quotes by Marilyn

QUOTES by Marilyn Monroe

 

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Original artwork by Kevan Tollefson

A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.

A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing.

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.

Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.

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 experience, but that’s not where I live.

First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.

I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.

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.

I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.

I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.

I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.

I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

I restore myself when I’m alone.

I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.

I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.

I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.

If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.

It’s all make believe, isn’t it?

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far.

It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.

Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.

My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation but I’m working on the foundation.

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.

Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.

The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.

The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.

The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.

There was my name up in lights. I said, ‘God, somebody’s made a mistake.’ But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, ‘Remember, you’re not a star.’ Yet there it was up in lights.

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.

What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.

We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.

I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.

It’s better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you’re not.

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