The Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes

One of the world's most iconic sex symbols, however, these Marilyn Monroe quotes show us another side to this thoughtful and vulnerable star of the movies.

Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane Mortenson. Marilyn had a troubled childhood but went on to become a talented and iconic movie star.

Starting of as a model she progressed to staring in the hit movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. However she was was divorced three times and was troubled by personal problems and insecurities in later life.

Sadly on 5th August 1962 she was found dead in her house from a drugs overdose. Marilyn still remains as one of the best known faces of American cinema and is celebrated by fans from all over the world.

I hope these quotes will give you an insight to this personally troubled but talented and fascinating woman.

A Top 10 of the
Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes


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

- Marilyn Monroe


"A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night."

- Marilyn Monroe


"It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far."

- Marilyn Monroe


"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."

- 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


"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss
and fifty cents for your soul."

- Marilyn Monroe


'I restore myself when I'm alone."

- 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


"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'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

And the best of the rest…

"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."

- Marilyn Monroe

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

- 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

"All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't."

- Marilyn Monroe

"What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course"

- Marilyn Monroe

I'll just leave you with this tribute to Marilyn from Ben Lyon…

"She was one of the greatest draws in the history of motion pictures,
and today I think she would have been tops.
Marilyn had a childlike quality which made men adore her.
Yet women weren’t jealous.
Like John Wayne and a few other giants,
she had a star quality that had nothing to do with acting."

- Ben Lyon 1901 - 1979 : Actor and studio executive

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