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The Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes and Sayings

Ah, Marilyn Monroe. One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the big screen - or the world, for that matter. Marilyn Monroe quotes range from the funny to the insightful to the, well, sad. The public opinion on Marilyn Monroe definitely stretches across a large spectrum. Some envied her, while some despised her. Say what you want, but there was only one Marilyn, and she lives on via her iconic image, her brilliant comedic film performances and, of course, her quotes. I've included some of Marilyn Monroe's greatest quotes and sayings on this list. Be sure to vote for your favorites!

Some of the best Marilyn Monroe quotes, not surprisingly, come from the late actresses movies. Marilyn was a fantastic comedic actress, with hilarious roles in such movie classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch. If you're a Marilyn fan and you haven't seen these two, see them!

Other great Marilyn Monroe quotes involve the late actress discussing her philosophy on life and fame. How did she feel being a world famous sex symbol and inspirational beauty? She wanted to be much more than that, and she was. Marilyn often worried whether she'd be able to truly reach her full talent potential in Hollywood. Secretly, she worried about the things so many others worry about: love, marriage and family.

What are some of Marilyn Monroe's quotes about life, love, and beauty? There will never, ever be another Marilyn Monroe. If you're a huge fan and want to check out more on Marilyn, take a look at this great list of Marilyn Monroe interviews for more insights on one of America's greatest celebrities of all time or even check out all of the lucky guys on the Marilyn Monroe lovers list.

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    Be Absolutely Ridiculous

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

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    Make a Girl Laugh

    "...If you can make a girl laugh - you can make her do anything..."

    So true. Marilyn's simple wisdom here is one to live by!

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    Not An Angel

    "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."

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    Handle Me at My Worst

    "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."

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    Wise Girl

    "A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left."

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    Breaking the Rules

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

    Marilyn Monroe broke all the rules and became a Hollywood icon - with a star that shines brightly, even today. A brave spirit, indeed.

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    Smart Brunette

    "It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde."

    Norma Jean began her life as a brunette, eventually dying her hair blonde as her modeling and acting career began to bud. Smart move.

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    Better Things


    "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."

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    "Don't Make Me A Joke"

    "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..."

    This quote is from the final taped interview Marilyn Monroe did before her untimely death in 1962.

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    "I Just Want to Be Wonderful"

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

    And you were, Marilyn. You were in so many ways. And you still are...

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    Marilyn on Motherhood

    "What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? A woman who can have a family ... I'd settle for just one baby. My own baby."

    Marilyn Monroe achieved a level of success and fame that most will never reach, yet here she clearly says there were many things missing in her life, including a child.

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    On Creativity

    "Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer."

    Marilyn Monroe clearly felt everything: The ups, the downs and the in-betweens. Unfortunately, this also meant she suffered, particularly in her personal life.

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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Lorelei Lee


    "I always say a kiss on the hand feels very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever."

    As Lorelei Lee in 1953's 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' Marilyn established herself as "the world's most fabulous gold-digging blonde."

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    "Cheesecake Pinups"

    "People ask me if I am going on making cheesecake pictures now that I'm a star. My answer is that as long as there is a boy in Korea who wants a pinup of me, I'll go on posing for them."

    A very frank and honest answer: Marilyn knew her fans wanted sexy photos of her, and she continued to oblige throughout her too-short career.

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    Dying Young

    "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's beauty was such that she likely would never have needed a facelift. Sadly, this quote proved prophetic: Monroe was just 36 years old when she died on August 5, 1962.

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    Monroe the Sex Symbol

    "That's the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of."

    Marilyn struggled during her career to be seen as something more than "just" a sex symbol. She wanted to be more than just a "thing." She definitely got her wish.

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    "I Had the Radio On"

    "It's not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on."

    Marilyn certainly knew how to shock. In this 1952 interview with 'TIME' magazine, this was her quip when asked about nude photos she took for a pinup calendar.

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    "Fifty Cents for Your Soul"

    "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 clearly had no misgivings about Hollywood.

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    Career and Talent

    "I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public - talent in privacy."

    It's hard to imagine what it would be like to be someone as incredibly famous as Marilyn was in her heydey (and she still IS that famous). She conducted herself with wit and grace in public, and honed her craft in private.

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    Marilyn on Fame

    "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."

    Throughout her career, Marilyn Monroe struggled with her fame. This quote shows her belief that what's inside is far more important.

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