10 Marilyn Monroe quotes you might not know

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Hollywood, California (TFC – Marilyn Monroe has remained America’s preeminent sex symbol for half a century. She’s often portrayed as the blonde bombshell without any brains. Is there any truth to that? Is she a role model? Let’s take a look at some of her famous and lesser known quotes.


  • “I’m a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they’ve made of me– and that I’ve made of myself– as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman’s and I can’t live up to it.”


  • “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”


  • “At twelve I looked like a girl of seventeen. My body was developed and shapely. But no one knew this but me. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided. They made me look like an overgrown lummox.”


  • “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.”


  • “I love to do the things the censors won’t pass.”


  • “The worst thing that happens to people when they dress up and go to a party is that they leave their real selves at home. They’re like people on a stage playing somebody else. They play that they’re important, and they want you to meet their importance, not themselves.”


  • “I watched the faces of the listeners when the minister would cry out how much God loved them and how much they needed to set themselves right with God. They were faces without any argument in them, just tired faces that were glad to hear Somebody loved them.”


  • “I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s really tragic.”


  • “Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.”


  • “I was never told what to read, and nobody ever gave me anything to read. You know — the way there are certain books that everybody reads while they’re growing up? . . . So what I do is — nights when I’ve got nothing else to do I go to the Pickwick bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard. And I just open books at random — or when I come to a page or a paragraph I like, I buy that book. So last night I bought this one. Is that wrong?”


Image Source: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the 1953 20th Century Fox

Image Source: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the 1953 20th Century Fox


The last few quotes don’t seem to match the popular image of a witless airhead. What do you think? Should young ladies of today still hold her up as an example?