Marilyn Monroe Quotes About Beauty, Love, Body, Smile, Success, Tattoos

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Here we have shared Marilyn Monroe quotes about beauty, body, smile, love, life, success, tattoos, death, I’m selfish, inspirational, and motivational.

Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, United States, and died on August 4, 1962, in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. Her spouse name James Dougherty (m. 1942–1946), Joe DiMaggio (m. 1954–1955), Arthur Miller (m. 1956–1961).

Marilyn Monroe quotes

I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in. – Marilyn Monroe

If there is only one thing in my life that I am proud of, it’s that I’ve never been a kept woman. – Marilyn Monroe

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

Fear is stupid. So are regrets. – Marilyn Monroe

Fame doesn’t fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary. – Marilyn Monroe

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

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I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it. – 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 sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing. – Marilyn Monroe

I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy. – Marilyn Monroe

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

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t. – Marilyn Monroe

A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world. – Marilyn Monroe

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

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far. – Marilyn Monroe

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere. – Marilyn Monroe

A career is born in public – talent in privacy. – Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection. – Marilyn Monroe

Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity. – 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

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. – Marilyn Monroe

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

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest. – Marilyn Monroe

Dogs never bite me – just humans. – Marilyn Monroe

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition of friendship. – Marilyn Monroe

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

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle. – 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 restore myself when I’m alone. – Marilyn Monroe

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If I’m a star, then the people made me a star. – Marilyn Monroe

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

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe

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

A smart girl leaves before she is left. – Marilyn Monroe

I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle. – Marilyn Monroe

Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature. – Marilyn Monroe

I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay! – Marilyn Monroe

One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel. – Marilyn Monroe

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

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. – Marilyn Monroe

All my stepchildren carried the burden of my fame. Sometimes they would read terrible things about me, and I’d worry about whether it would hurt them. I would tell them: ‘Don’t hide these things from me. I’d rather you ask me these things straight out, and I’ll answer all your questions.’ – Marilyn Monroe

I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane. – Marilyn Monroe

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 experience, but that’s not where I live. – Marilyn Monroe

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

I like to feel blonde all over. – Marilyn Monroe

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

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

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

You know, most people really don’t know me. – Marilyn Monroe

I remember when I was in high school I didn’t have a new dress for each special occasion. The girls would bring the fact to my attention, not always too delicately. The boys, however, never bothered with the subject. They were my friends, not because of the size of my wardrobe but because they liked me. – Marilyn Monroe

The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves. – Marilyn Monroe

I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time. – Marilyn Monroe

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent. – Marilyn Monroe

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

Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that? – Marilyn Monroe

Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn. – Marilyn Monroe

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I am alone; I am always alone no matter what. – 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 think one of the basic reasons men make good friends is that they can make up their minds quickly. – Marilyn Monroe

Girls shouldn’t worry about being equal to men in the business world. – Marilyn Monroe

Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I’d sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. I loved anything that moved up there and I didn’t miss anything that happened and there was no popcorn either. – Marilyn Monroe

Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child. – Marilyn Monroe

I learned to walk as a baby, and I haven’t had a lesson since. – Marilyn Monroe

I enjoy acting when you really hit it right. – Marilyn Monroe

I’m looking forward to becoming marvelous – excuse the word marvelous – character actress. like Marie Dressler, like Will Rogers. – Marilyn Monroe

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A woman knows by intuition or instinct, what is best for herself. – Marilyn Monroe

The fact is that I find most men are more open, more generous, and much more stimulating than the majority of females I know. – Marilyn Monroe

Of course, it does depend on the people, but sometimes I’ve invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table like a musician who’ll play the piano after dinner, and I know you’re not really invited for yourself. You’re just an ornament. – 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

There is a need for aloneness, which I don’t think most people realize for an actor. It’s almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you’ll let the whole world in on only for a moment when you’re acting. But everybody is always tugging at you. They’d all like sort of a chunk of you. – Marilyn Monroe

What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can’t I just be an ordinary woman? – Marilyn Monroe

Black men don’t like to be called ‘boys,’ but women accept being called ‘girls.’ – Marilyn Monroe

The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any. – Marilyn Monroe

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

Consider the fellow. He never spends his time telling you about his previous night’s date. You get the idea he has eyes only for you and wouldn’t think of looking at another woman. – Marilyn Monroe

The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another. – Marilyn Monroe

If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game, or pennant race. – Marilyn Monroe

I have been told my eating habits are absolutely bizarre. But I don’t think so. – Marilyn Monroe

Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal. – Marilyn Monroe

Like any creative human being, I would like a bit more control so that it would be a little easier for me when the director says, ‘One tear, right now,’ that one tear would pop out. – Marilyn Monroe

When I was a youngster I lived with different families. I nearly always felt closer to the man of the house. Maybe because I always dreamed of having a father of my own. – Marilyn Monroe

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Friends accept you the way you are. – Marilyn Monroe

What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. – Marilyn Monroe

Depending on my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep. – Marilyn Monroe

I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men. – Marilyn Monroe

It is wonderful to have someone praise you, to be desired. – Marilyn Monroe

Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I’ve experienced them both. – Marilyn Monroe

In fact, my popularity seems almost entirely a masculine phenomenon. – Marilyn Monroe

If I close my eyes and think of Hollywood, all I see is one big varicose vein. – Marilyn Monroe

I won’t be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me. Of course, that doesn’t mean I want them to stop looking. – Marilyn Monroe

How do I know about a man’s need for a sex symbol? I’m a girl. – Marilyn Monroe

I don’t want everybody to see exactly where I live, what my sofa or my fireplace looks like. – Marilyn Monroe

I think that when you are famous every weakness is exaggerated. – Marilyn Monroe

We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves. – Marilyn Monroe

At twelve I looked like a girl of seventeen. My body was developed and shapely. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided. They made me look like an overgrown lummox. – Marilyn Monroe

I used to get the feeling, and sometimes I still get it, that sometimes I was fooling somebody; I don’t know who or what, maybe myself. – Marilyn Monroe

When I was five, I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. I loved to play. I didn’t like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved the playhouse. It was like you could make your own boundaries. – Marilyn Monroe

An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. – Marilyn Monroe

A man makes you feel important – makes you glad you are a woman. – Marilyn Monroe

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

I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people. – Marilyn Monroe

I don’t consider myself an intellectual. And this is not one of my aims. But I admire intellectual people. – Marilyn Monroe

I defy gravity. – Marilyn Monroe

I have noticed… that men usually leave married women alone and are inclined to treat all wives with respect. This is no great credit to married women. – Marilyn Monroe

Marriage destroyed my relationship with two wonderful men. – Marilyn Monroe

An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everybody jumped on his violin? – Marilyn Monroe

I don’t look at myself as a commodity, but I’m sure a lot of people have. – Marilyn Monroe

The workingmen, I’ll go by and they’ll whistle. At first, they whistle because they think, ‘Oh, it’s a girl. She’s got blond hair and she’s not out of shape,’ and then they say, ‘Gosh, it’s Marilyn Monroe!’ – Marilyn Monroe

There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on. – Marilyn Monroe

I myself would like to become more disciplined within my work. – Marilyn Monroe

It’s not too much fun to know yourself too well or think you do – everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through & past the falls. – Marilyn Monroe

I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles, I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise. – Marilyn Monroe

There was my name up in lights. I said, ‘God, somebody’s made a mistake.’ But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, ‘Remember, you’re not a star.’ Yet there it was up in lights. – Marilyn Monroe

I wish I knew why I am so anguished. – Marilyn Monroe

Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde. – Marilyn Monroe

For a long time, I was scared I’d find out I was like my mother. – Marilyn Monroe

There are many times when a woman will ask another girlfriend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, ‘Fine,’ but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, ‘What a horror!’ – Marilyn Monroe

Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer. You’re gay, you’re sick, you’re nervous, or whatever. – Marilyn Monroe

There is just no comparison between having a dinner date with a man and staying home playing canasta with the girls. – Marilyn Monroe

I want to be an artist, not… a celluloid aphrodisiac. – Marilyn Monroe

First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress. – Marilyn Monroe

Only the public can make a star. It’s the studios who try to make a system out of it. – Marilyn Monroe

I read poetry to save time. – Marilyn Monroe

I always have a full-length mirror next to the camera when I’m doing publicity stills. That way, I know how I look. – Marilyn Monroe

My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night, I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops, or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots. – Marilyn Monroe

Someone said to me, ‘If fifty percent of the experts in Hollywood said you had no talent and should give up, what would you do?’ My answer was then and still is, ‘If a hundred percent told me that, all one hundred percent would be wrong.’ – Marilyn Monroe

Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives. – Marilyn Monroe

I don’t digest things with my mind. – Marilyn Monroe

It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake. – Marilyn Monroe

A woman can’t be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can’t do it by herself. – Marilyn Monroe

Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do. – Marilyn Monroe

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation. – Marilyn Monroe

When I was 11, the whole world was closed to me. I just felt I was on the outside of the world. – Marilyn Monroe

Next to my husband, and along with Marlon Brando, I think that Yves Montand is the most attractive man I’ve ever met. – 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

I like actors very much, but to marry one would be like marrying your brother. You look too much alike in the mirror. – Marilyn Monroe

I’ll think I have a few wonderful friends and all of a sudden, ooh, here it comes. They do a lot of things. They talk about you to the press, to their friends, tell stories, and you know, it’s disappointing. – Marilyn Monroe

I often wake up in the night, and I like to have something to think about. – Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes, wearing a scarf and a polo coat and no makeup and with a certain attitude of walking, I go shopping or just look at people living. But then, you know, there will be a few teenagers who are kind of sharp, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, just a minute. You know whom I think that is?’ And they’ll start tailing me. And I don’t mind. – Marilyn Monroe

A woman can bring a new love to each man she loves, providing there are not too many. – Marilyn Monroe

Why is it you always meet people when you look at your worst? – Marilyn Monroe

When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women. – Marilyn Monroe

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one. – Marilyn Monroe

Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded birdcage. – Marilyn Monroe

I’ve found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them. – Marilyn Monroe

Confidentially, the type of male I find most enjoyable for a friend is one who has enough fire and assurance to speak up for his convictions. – Marilyn Monroe

I was honored when they asked me to appear at the president’s birthday rally in Madison Square Garden. There was like a hush over the whole place when I came on to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ like if I had been wearing a slip, I would have thought it was showing or something. I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, what if no sound comes out!’ – Marilyn Monroe

I want the world to see my body.– Marilyn Monroe

A man has a tendency to accept you the way you are, while most women immediately start to pick flaws and want to change you. – Marilyn Monroe

I was brought up differently than the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy. – Marilyn Monroe

I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen. – Marilyn Monroe

What’s the good of drawing in the next breath if all you do is let it out and draw in another? – Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character. – Marilyn Monroe

In Hollywood, a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hairdo. – Marilyn Monroe

I just got to feel that whomever I marry has some real regard for me. – Marilyn Monroe

Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt, and bewildered. – Marilyn Monroe

If you spend your life competing with businessmen, what do you have? A bank account and ulcers! – Marilyn Monroe

I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity, and that includes all kinds of parts. – Marilyn Monroe

I once wanted to prove myself by being a great actress. Now I want to prove that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll be a great actress. – Marilyn Monroe

My public is growing up just as I am. After all, I’m not 19 anymore, and if I stick with the sex bit, who will be paying to see me when I’m 50? – Marilyn Monroe

My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation, but I’m working on the foundation. – Marilyn Monroe

I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle. – Marilyn Monroe

Fame may go by and – so long, I’ve had you. – Marilyn Monroe

With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up. – Marilyn Monroe

I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong and too pleasing. – Marilyn Monroe

A man is more frank and sincere with his emotions than a woman. We girls, I’m afraid, have a tendency to hide our feelings. – Marilyn Monroe

If a star or studio chief or any other great movie personages find themselves sitting among a lot of nobodies, they get frightened – as if somebody was trying to demote them. – Marilyn Monroe

Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak. – Marilyn Monroe

Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered… to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture. – Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you. – Marilyn Monroe

I think I have always had a little humor. – Marilyn Monroe

When I was five I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. – Marilyn Monroe

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really. – Marilyn Monroe

I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human. – Marilyn Monroe

Someday I want to have children and give them all the love I never had. – Marilyn Monroe

I love a natural look in pictures. – Marilyn Monroe

Nothing’s ever easy as long as you go on living. – Marilyn Monroe

The public doesn’t mind people living together without being married, providing they don’t overdo it. – Marilyn Monroe

What good am I? I can’t have kids. I can’t cook. I’ve been divorced three times. Who would want me? – Marilyn Monroe

I’ve always wanted a baby. – Marilyn Monroe

When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn’t eat or sleep. – Marilyn Monroe

Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them. – Marilyn Monroe

I’ve always felt toward the slightest scene, even if all I had to do in a scene was just to come in and say, ‘Hi,’ that the people ought to get their money’s worth and that this is an obligation of mine, to give them the best you can get from me. – Marilyn Monroe

I don’t know if high society is different in other cities, but in Hollywood, important people can’t stand to be invited someplace that isn’t full of other important people. They don’t mind a few unfamous people being present because they make good listeners. – Marilyn Monroe

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine. – Marilyn Monroe

The ‘public’ scares me, but people I trust. – Marilyn Monroe

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