We’ve been quoting Marilyn Monroe since before we knew who she was. Her words emblazon tee shirts and notebooks. Her quotes are our Instagram captions and our Twitter bios.
And who can blame us, when the words are brilliant?
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
“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.”
“I restore myself when I’m alone.”
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
“I’m trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.”
“It is wonderful to have someone praise you, to be desired.”
“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.”
“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 for friendship.”
“If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.”
“A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.”
“I've never dropped anyone I believed in.”
“Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.”
“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid and so are regrets.”
“A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.”
“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.”
“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.”
“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”
“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”
“She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know.”
“Keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”
“I just want to be wonderful.”
“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.”
“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”
So we should keep quoting Marilyn, whether on Instagram or just casually in conversation.
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