Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe, the charming iconic actress and sex symbol who overcame childhood difficulties to create a lasting impact on American culture. Her quotes focused on living a happy life, humanities coy character and the ugly side of Hollywood. Here’s what others had to say about her;

“I think Marilyn is bound to make an almost overwhelming impression on the people who meet her for the first time. It is not that she is pretty, although she is of course almost incredibly pretty, but she radiates, at the same time, unbounded vitality and a kind of unbelievable innocence. I have met the same in a lion-cub, which my native servants in Africa brought me. I would not keep her, since I felt that it would in some way be wrong…I shall never forget the almost overpowering feeling of unconquerable strength and sweetness which she conveyed. I had all the wild nature of Africa amicably gazing at me with mighty playfulness.”

– Author Isak Dinesen, in a letter to the American author, Fleur Cowles Meyer, in 1961


“If the world offered nothing, nowhere to support or make bearable whatever her private grief was, then it is that world, and not she, that is at fault.”

– Thomas Pynchon


“In her eyes, and in mine, her career was just beginning…. She had a luminous quality. A combination of wistfulness, radiance, and yearning that set her apart and made everyone wish to be part of it – to share in the childish naivete which was at once so shy and yet so vibrant.”

– Marlon Brandon in her Eulogy

Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Fame

Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Fame

“Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one… I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity… If fame goes by, 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.”

– Marilyn Monroe

Her last taped interview, with Richard Meryman, published in LIFE magazine a few days before her death. (3 August 1962); quoted in Ms. Magazine (August 1972)


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

– Marilyn Monroe, Ms. Magazine


“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one.”
– Marilyn Monroe


“It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature — and it won’t hurt your feelings — like it’s happening to your clothes not you.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress (1993) by Carl E. Rollyson, and in Symbolic Leaders: Public Dramas and Public Men (2006) by Orrin Edgar Klapp


“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful. That’s the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. But if I’m going to be a symbol of something, I’d rather it be sex than some of the things we’ve got symbols of… I just hate to be a thing.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Ms. Magazine


“Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul…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, In Her Own Words (1983)

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Independence

Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Independence

“It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier


“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 Quotes about Life


“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


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

– Marilyn Monroe


“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.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Turning down a party invitation from Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy



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

– Marilyn Monroe, Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier


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


“For life: It is rather a determination not to be overwhelmed. For work: The truth can only be recalled, never invented.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn’s personal diaries in 1958. Fragments, by Stanley Buchthal


“I’m a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they’ve made of me — and that I’ve made of myself — as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman’s and I can’t live up to it.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn (1992)


“The truth is 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. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them and fooling them.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier


“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, Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier


“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


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

– Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Love

Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Love

“Everyone’s childhood plays itself out. No wonder no one knows the other or can completely understand. By this I don’t know if I’m just giving up with this conclusion or resigning myself – or maybe for the first time connecting with reality. How do we know the pain or another’s earlier years, let alone all that he drags with him since along the way at best a lot of leeway is needed for the other – yet how much is unhealthy for one to bear. I think to love bravely is the best and accept – as much as one can bear.”

– Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn’s personal diaries in 1958. Fragments, by Stanley Buchthal


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

– 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 Quotes About Society

Marilyn Monroe Quotes about Society

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

– Marilyn Monroe, A Beautiful Child


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

– Marilyn Monroe, In Her Own Words

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