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You know her as the ultimate sex symbol and quintessential blonde. But Marilyn Monroe was no bimbo. Here, 30 Marilyn Monroe quotes that will make you think, feel inspired and remember how truly fabulous she was (plus a few that will make you laugh).

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Quotes about Love

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1. “I think that love and work are the only things that really happen to us.” – Marilyn Monroe

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2. “The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves.“ – Marilyn Monroe

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 3. “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by just touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just staring into space.” – Marilyn Monroe

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4. “It's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.” – Marilyn Monroe

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5. “I think there’s two things in human beings… that they want to be alone, but they also want to be together.” – Marilyn Monroe

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6. “I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous.” – Marilyn Monroe

 

Quotes about life

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7. “I only know I want to be wonderful.” – Marilyn Monroe

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8. “I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.” – Marilyn Monroe

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9. “I think I’m a mixture of simplicity and complexes, but I’m beginning to understand myself now.” – Marilyn Monroe

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10. “I never wanted to be Marilyn—it just happened. Marilyn is like a veil I wear over Norma Jean.” – Marilyn Monroe

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11. “If you get massages, you'll never need another sleeping pill.” – Marilyn Monroe

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12. “I restore myself when I'm alone.” – Marilyn Monroe

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13. “Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

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14. “It’s all make believe, isn’t it?” – Marilyn Monroe

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15. “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.” – Marilyn Monroe

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16. “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No.5, of course.” – Marilyn Monroe

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17. “I’d like to be happy, but who’s happy? I think trying to be happy is almost as difficult as trying to be a good actress. You have to work at both of them.” – Marilyn Monroe

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18. “I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.” – Marilyn Monroe

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19. “The truth can only be recalled, never invented.” – Marilyn Monroe

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20. “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” – Marilyn Monroe

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21. “The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.“ – Marilyn Monroe

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

 

Quotes about fame

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23. “Frankly, I’ve never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all.”  – Marilyn Monroe

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24. “If I’m a star, the people made me a star.” – Marilyn Monroe

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25. “A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing. But if I’m going to be a symbol of something I’d rather have it be sex than some other things they’ve got symbols of.” – Marilyn Monroe

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26. “A career is born in public — talent in privacy.” – Marilyn Monroe

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27. “First, I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm a person. Then maybe I'll convince myself that I'm an actress.” – Marilyn Monroe

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28. “I want to do the best that I can do in that moment, when the camera starts, until it stops.”  – Marilyn Monroe

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29. “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” – Marilyn Monroe

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30. “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” – Marilyn Monroe

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