Top 100+ Marilyn Monroe Quotes

Here we have gathered a list of top Marilyn Monroe quotes in the same place for you to read and get inspiration from. Marilyn Monroe has been regarded as the top cultural icon of the 1950s and 1960s, and many things she has said have become quite famous among her fans. She has starred in numerous movies and accomplished relatively lot before dying from an apparent drug overdose at a young age of 36. On this list you’ll find a great deal of quotes from Marilyn about love, happiness, dreams and life. All the Marilyn Monroe quotes on this list have been ranked by community votes, which means that the most popular deep quotes among the community are ranked on the top of the list. Feel free to vote up your own personal favourite Marilyn Monroe quote to help it move up on the list!

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    “If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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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    Marilyn Monroe

    “The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Who said nights were for sleep?” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “All we demanded was our right to twinkle.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I restore myself when I’m alone.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I just want to be wonderful.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “We are all born sexual creatures,thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s all make believe, isn’t it?” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn’t catch their eye they won’t bother to read what’s inside.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend because one day you’re gonna look up and say I lost a good friend. Learn how to be respectful to your friends, don’t just start arguments with them and don’t tell them the reason, always remember your friends will be there quicker than your family. Learn to remember you got great friends, don’t forget that and they will always care for you no matter what. Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Friendship is the bestiest thing that comes to life . Friends will always be there for you don’t worry about the fakes worry about the people who had your back from the start and never treated you wrong always remember they are your real friends don’t never take them as granted because one day your going to lose a good friend by the way your action’s are when you see a good friend stick to that person .” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’m not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it. ” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I live to suceed, not to please you or anyone else.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Too often they don’t realize what they have until it’s gone. 
    …they’re too stubborn to say, ‘Sorry, I was wrong’ 
    they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, 
    and we let the most foolish things tear us apart” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I love to do the things the censors won’t pass.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I have too many fantasies to be a housewife…. I guess I am a fantasy.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I learned to walk as a baby and I haven’t had a lesson since.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” ― Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: Her Life In Own Words

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Just because you fall once, doesn’t mean you’re fall at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always trust yourself, because if you don’t then who will??” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don’t expect me to be serious about my work.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Love and work are the only two real things in our lives. They belong together, otherwise it is off. Work is in itself a form of love.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “When you’re young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you’re laughing again.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I read poetry to save time.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I could never pretend 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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s really tragic. ” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people. ” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “That’s the way you feel when you’re beaten inside. You don’t feel angry at those who’ve beaten you. You just feel ashamed.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “she was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done …” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

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

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Suicide, is a persons privilege. I don’t believe it’s a sin or a crime it’s your right if you do. Though it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “You might as well make yourself fly as to make yourself love.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “There’s only one sort of natural blonde on earth – albinos.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, Sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I would have told her then she was the only thing that I could 
    love in this dying world but the simple word “love” itself already died and went away.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Trying to build myself up with the fact that I have done things right that were even good and have had moments that were excellent but the bad is heavier to carry around and feel have no confidence.” ― Marilyn Monroe, Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I wanted to ask a thousand questions, but there was no one to ask. Besides I knew that people only told lies to children-lies about everything from soup to Santa Claus.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Nieważne co o mnie myślą, ważne żeby mnie kochali.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hair-do. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “But chiefly, no lies! No lies about there being a Santa Claus or about the world being full of noble and honorable people all eager to help each other and do good to each other. I’ll tell her there are honor and goodness in the world, the same as there are diamonds and radium.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “They will only care when you’re gone.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.” ― Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “A friend tells you what you want to hear; a best friend tells you the truth.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “just because you fail once, it doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything. keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself because if you don’t, then who will? so keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

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    Marilyn Monroe

    “I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.” ― Marilyn Monroe

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