Marilyn Monroe Quotes

Quotes tagged as "marilyn-monroe" (showing 1-30 of 70)
Marilyn Monroe
“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“I just want to be wonderful.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“It's all make believe, isn't it?”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“I've been on a calendar, but never on time.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“I learned to walk as a baby and I haven't had a lesson since.”
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
“When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Marilyn Monroe
“I could never pretend something I didn't feel. I could never make love if I didn't love, and if I loved I could no more hide the fact than change the color of my eyes.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Clifford Odets
“If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.”
Clifford Odets

Marilyn Monroe
“That's the way you feel when you're beaten inside. You don't feel angry at those who've beaten you. You just feel ashamed.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Marilyn Monroe
“Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Marilyn Monroe
“For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Marilyn Monroe
“You might as well make yourself fly as to make yourself love.”
Marilyn Monroe, My Story

Marilyn Monroe
“Trying to build myself up with the fact that I have done things right that were even good and have had moments that were excellent but the bad is heavier to carry around and feel have no confidence.”
Marilyn Monroe, Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Clive James
“She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short.”
Clive James

Marilyn Monroe
“try to enjoy myself when I can - I'll be miserable enough as it is.”
Marilyn Monroe, Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

“…Heath Ledger once said to me, ‘It’s built you up to knock you down and that’s all it is.”
Susan Bernard, Marilyn: Intimate Exposures

Gloria Steinem
“Her searches after knowledge were arbitrary and without context. It was as if she were shining a small flashlight of curiosity into the dark room of the world.”
Gloria Steinem, Marilyn

Christopher Hitchens
“So I close this long reflection on what I hope is a not-too-quaveringly semi-Semitic note. When I am at home, I will only enter a synagogue for the bar or bat mitzvah of a friend's child, or in order to have a debate with the faithful. (When I was to be wed, I chose a rabbi named Robert Goldburg, an Einsteinian and a Shakespearean and a Spinozist, who had married Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe and had a copy of Marilyn’s conversion certificate. He conducted the ceremony in Victor and Annie Navasky's front room, with David Rieff and Steve Wasserman as my best of men.) I wanted to do something to acknowledge, and to knit up, the broken continuity between me and my German-Polish forebears. When I am traveling, I will stop at the shul if it is in a country where Jews are under threat, or dying out, or were once persecuted. This has taken me down queer and sad little side streets in Morocco and Tunisia and Eritrea and India, and in Damascus and Budapest and Prague and Istanbul, more than once to temples that have recently been desecrated by the new breed of racist Islamic gangster. (I have also had quite serious discussions, with Iraqi Kurdish friends, about the possibility of Jews genuinely returning in friendship to the places in northern Iraq from which they were once expelled.) I hate the idea that the dispossession of one people should be held hostage to the victimhood of another, as it is in the Middle East and as it was in Eastern Europe. But I find myself somehow assuming that Jewishness and 'normality' are in some profound way noncompatible. The most gracious thing said to me when I discovered my family secret was by Martin, who after a long evening of ironic reflection said quite simply: 'Hitch, I find that I am a little envious of you.' I choose to think that this proved, once again, his appreciation for the nuances of risk, uncertainty, ambivalence, and ambiguity. These happen to be the very things that 'security' and 'normality,' rather like the fantasy of salvation, cannot purchase.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Dita Von Teese
“The new acts' major influences were movies and their curvy queens Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe. With their big blonde hair, ample breasts, and highly fertile hips, these bombshells inspired women everywhere to exxagerate their own voluptuousness.”
Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese

Antonio Tabucchi
“A l'intérieur de ce corps vivait l'âme d'une intellectuelle et poète dont personne n'avait le soupçon.

Within this body lived the soul of an intellectual and poet, which nobody had suspected.”
Antonio Tabucchi

“Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver; Faust sold his for some extra years of youth; Marilyn Monroe deserted Jesus Christ for Arthur Miller.”
Nicholas Samstag, The Uses of Ineptitude or How Not To Want To Do Better

Molly Haskell
“Women couldn’t identify with her and didn’t support her.”
Molly Haskell, From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies

Robert Patrick
“I wanted to be a sex goddess. And you can laugh all you want to. The joke is on me, whether you laugh or not. I wanted to be one -- one of them. They used to laugh at Marilyn when she said she didn't want to be a sex-goddess, she wanted to be a human being. And now they laugh at me when I say, "I don't want to be a human being; I want to be a sex-goddess." That shows you right there that something has changed, doesn't it? Rita, Ava, Lana, Marlene, Marilyn -- I wanted to be one of them. I remember the morning my friend came in and told us that Marilyn had died. And all the boys were stunned, rigid, literally, as they realized what had left us. I mean, if the world couldn't support Marilyn Monroe, then wasn't something desperately wrong? And we spent the rest of the goddamned sixties finding out what it was. We were all living together, me and these three gay boys that adopted me when I ran away, in this loft on East Fifth Street, before it became dropout heaven -- before anyone ever said "dropout" -- way back when "commune" was still a verb? We were all -- old-movie buffs, sex-mad -- you know, the early sixties. And then my friend, this sweet little queen, he came in and he passed out tranquilizers to everyone, and told us all to sit down, and we thought he was just going to tell us there was a Mae West double feature on somewhere -- and he said -- he said -- "Marilyn Monroe died last" -- and all the boys were stunned -- but I -- I felt something sudden and cold in my solar plexus, and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be the next one. I wanted to be the next one to stand radiant and perfected before the race of man, to shed the luminosity of my beloved countenance over the struggles and aspirations of my pitiful subjects. I wanted to give meaning to my own time, to be the unattainable luring love that drives men on, the angle of light, the golden flower, the best of the universe made womankind, the living sacrifice, the end! Shit!”
Robert Patrick, Kennedy's Children

Lydia Andal
“The world is entirely magical, the only illusion is that it isn't...”
Lydia Andal, Marilyn Monroe, Under the Veil; Autism, Numerology & Norma Jeane

Ana Claudia Antunes
“She was born under the sign of Gemini. And that stands for the good and evil twin. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde both hiding and residing inside her heart. Her good twin was not bad at all. But her evil twin was even better, and showed up to be way too fatal!”
Ana Claudia Antunes, Mysterious Murder of Marilyn Monroe

“To write a book about Mickey Mantle and not to show people who he really was doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. So I decided the only way to do this is call it a novel and plow full-speed ahead as to what my interpretation and my estimation of who he was and what was troubling him. This is a very complicated book. It’s hardly just about sex.”
Peter Golenbock

Elizabeth Winder
“I've lived long enough to know that life doesn't always stick to the rules...The perfectly impossible and absolutely ridiculous keep happening all the time.”
Elizabeth Winder, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy

Lauren Bacall
“Fifty years on, we’re still watching her movies and talking about her. That’s not a dumb woman – trust me!”
Lauren Bacall

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