The 62 Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes

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Marilyn Monroe was one of the most iconic sex symbols of all time. She was the beloved actress who stunned in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. And, of course, who could ever forget that white dress?!

But growing up as Norma Jeane, her life was not so glamorous. Perhaps that’s how she has so many inspiring quotes about love, being a woman, and never giving up.

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I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m 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

If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything. - Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Blond

I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

A girl knows her limits but a wise one knows she has none. - Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Housewife

I was never used to being happy, so that wasn’t something I ever took for granted. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty. - Marilyn Monroe

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

Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world. - Marilyn Monroe

We should all start to live before we get too old. - Marilyn Monroe

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

Who said nights were for sleep? - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer? - Marilyn Monroe

I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love. - Marilyn Monroe

To all the girls that think they’re ugly because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly. - Marilyn Monroe

I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy. - Marilyn Monroe

Life Hope Marilyn

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. - Marilyn Monroe

Fear is stupid. So are regrets. - Marilyn Monroe

Men are climbing to the moon, but they don’t seem interested in the beating human heart. - Marilyn Monroe

Creativity has got to start with humanity. - Marilyn Monroe

I read poetry to save time. - Marilyn Monroe

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done. - Marilyn Monroe

She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know. - Marilyn Monroe

Anything’s possible, almost. - 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

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

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

All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t. - Marilyn Monroe

We Are All Stars

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. - Marilyn Monroe

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

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them. - Marilyn Monroe

I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous. - Marilyn Monroe

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone. - Marilyn Monroe

Do people ever get over being shy? I think it’s with you for life—like the color of your eyes. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

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? - Marilyn Monroe

It’s all make believe, isn’t it? - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. - Marilyn Monroe

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

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

It might be a kind of relief to be finished. You have to start all over again. But I believe you’re always as good as your potential. I now live in my work and in a few relationships with the few people I can really count on. 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 experienced, but that’s not where I live. - Marilyn Monroe

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