As one of the most iconic stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe has captured the hearts and minds of countless audiences with her roles in films like Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. And even when she was offscreen, she had plenty of incredible wisdom to offer. Here are 20 of her most beautiful observations on the world, in her own words.
"Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do."
"Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
"If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere."
"Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one."
"I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful."
"I restore myself when I'm alone."
"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 don't deserve me at my best."
"The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes — or just by staring into space."
With husband Arthur Miller, 1956.
"If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything."
"It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far."
"Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak. "
"One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I'm a woman. That is the way all females should feel."
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953.
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
"A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself."
"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."
"The truth is, I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves."
"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."
"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."
Never Forget Marilyn's Words
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From: Good Housekeeping US