137 Powerful Marilyn Monroe Quotes That Will Uplift Your Day

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was a remarkable icon of her time, but her fame didn't just end with her death. Her legacy still lives on and feels almost fresh as the decades roll by.

If you have been drawn to this memorable figure, you are not alone. Marilyn Monroe has had a cult following, and we, too, are admittedly awed by her ageless awesomeness.

And for that reason, we scoured the web for the best of Marilyn Monroe quotes, sayings, and captions you will not find anywhere else. But before that, who was Marilyn Monroe?

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1 June 1926 in Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe spent her childhood in 12 foster homes and an orphanage. She was married young, at only sixteen, to James Dougherty to avoid being taken back to the orphanage.

She met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit while working in a factory in World War II and started her career as a pin-up model. She went on to sign film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

She was an actress with roles in comedies like As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business. Her sexual appeal made her one of the most marketable Hollywood actresses in the 1950s. She had a leading role in Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire.

Marilyn Monroe's nudes were the centerfold and also on the cover of the very first issue of Playboy. Her biggest box office success was The Seven Year Itch in 1955. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot.

Despite all her fame and success, Marilyn Monroe had a troubled private life. She divorced three husbands and struggled with addiction and mood disorders. Without further ado, here are Monroe's iconic quotes to remember her precious personality.

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Jack Kennedy could have been a movie star himself. He had the charisma, the charm, that come-hither quality that can never be duplicated. Is it any wonder he got elected president?

Jack Kennedy could have been a movie star himself. He had the charisma, the charm, that come-hither quality that can never be duplicated. Is it any wonder he got elected president?

It’s much better to know reality or things as they are than not to know, and to have few illusions as possible. Train my will now.

It’s much better to know reality or things as they are than not to know, and to have few illusions as possible. Train my will now.

I didn’t mind being a goof if only he loved me. I felt when we were together that I walked in the gutter and he on the sidewalk. All I did was keep looking up to see if there was love in his eyes.

I didn’t mind being a goof if only he loved me. I felt when we were together that I walked in the gutter and he on the sidewalk. All I did was keep looking up to see if there was love in his eyes.

Feel what I feel within myself — that is trying to become aware of it also what I feel in others not being ashamed of my feeling, thoughts — or ideas realize the thing that they are.

Feel what I feel within myself — that is trying to become aware of it also what I feel in others not being ashamed of my feeling, thoughts — or ideas realize the thing that they are.

You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and goddamn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That's how I've done it. There's no other way.

You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and goddamn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.

Most people in the world are Christ lovers. And then there are Christ haters. But all of them are fixated on Christ, and he perpetuates for ever.

Most people in the world are Christ lovers. And then there are Christ haters. But all of them are fixated on Christ, and he perpetuates for ever.

Change is actually what you need to avoid. Assimilation is much more joyful than conformity, when you try to change you try to fit yourself to other people's standards. You deny your own values and opinions, and you adopt a personality that isn't you. And most likely you will be more uncomfortable even though it may seem like you fit in more, I would suggest you not to change. Just be yourself, the way you are. Because that's what makes you different and distinguishable and unique from every other individual.

Change is actually what you need to avoid.
Assimilation is much more joyful than conformity,
when you try to change you try to fit yourself to other

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.

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.

Yes, there was something special about me, and I knew what it was. I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand.

Yes, there was something special about me, and I knew what it was. I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand.

I lay in bed at night crying to myself. The only one who loved me and watched over me was someone I couldn't see or hear or touch.

I lay in bed at night crying to myself. The only one who loved me and watched over me was someone I couldn’t see or hear or touch.

I had to use my wits or else I'd have been sunk - and nothings going to sink me. Everyone was always pulling at me, tugging at me, as if they wanted a piece of me. It was always, 'do this, do that,' and not just on the job but off, too. God, I've tried to stay intact, whole.

I had to use my wits or else I’d have been sunk – and nothings going to sink me. Everyone was always pulling at me, tugging at me, as if they wanted a piece of me. It was always, ‘do this, do that,’ and not just on the job but off, too. God, I’ve tried to stay intact, whole.

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.

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.

But chiefly, no lies! No lies about there being a Santa Claus or about the world being full of noble and honorable people all eager to help each other and do good to each other. I'll tell her there are honor and goodness in the world, the same as there are diamonds and radium.

But chiefly, no lies! No lies about there being a Santa Claus or about the world being full of noble and honorable people all eager to help each other and do good to each other. I’ll tell her there are honor and goodness in the world, the same as there are diamonds and radium.

I wanted to ask a thousand questions, but there was no one to ask. Besides I knew that people only told lies to children - lies about everything from soup to Santa Claus.

I wanted to ask a thousand questions, but there was no one to ask. Besides I knew that people only told lies to children – lies about everything from soup to Santa Claus.

People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.

People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.

I would have told her then she was the only thing that I could love in this dying world but the simple word "love" itself already died and went away.

I would have told her then she was the only thing that I could love in this dying world but the simple word “love” itself already died and went away.

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.

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.

Suicide, is a persons privilege. I don't believe it's a sin or a crime, it's your right if you do. Though it doesn't get you anywhere.

Suicide, is a persons privilege. I don’t believe it’s a sin or a crime, it’s your right if you do. Though it doesn’t get you anywhere.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Love and work are the only two real things in our lives. They belong together, otherwise it is off. Work is in itself a form of love.

Love and work are the only two real things in our lives. They belong together, otherwise it is off. Work is in itself a form of love.

Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.

Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don’t expect me to be serious about my work.

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.

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.

Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.

Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.

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.

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.

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’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

This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie?

This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?

When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend because one day you're gonna look up and say I lost a good friend. Learn how to be respectful to your friends, don't just start arguments with them and don't tell them the reason, always remember your friends will be there quicker than your family. Learn to remember you got great friends, don't forget that and they will always care for you no matter what. Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.

When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn

Friendship is the bestest thing that comes to life. Friends will always be there for you, don't worry about the fakes, worry about the people who had your back from the start and never treated you wrong. Always remember, they are your real friends, don't ever take them for granted because one day you're going to lose a good friend by the way your actions are. When you see a good friend, stick to that person.

Friendship is the bestest thing that comes to life. Friends will always be there for you, don’t worry about the fakes, worry about the people

Too often they don't realize what they have until it's gone. ...they're too stubborn to say, 'Sorry, I was wrong' they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart.

Too often they don’t realize what they have until it’s gone.
…they’re too stubborn to say, ‘Sorry, I was wrong’
they hurt the ones closest to their hearts,
and we let the most foolish things tear us apart.

To all the girls that think you're fat because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one, it's society who's ugly.

To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly.

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.

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.

If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?

If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.

In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hair-do. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.

In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hair-do. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.

I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. 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.

I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. 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.

I want to grow old without facelifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. 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.

I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.

I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them.

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.

I'm pretty, but I'm not beautiful. I sin but I'm not the devil. I'm good, but I'm not an angel. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.

I’m pretty, but I’m not beautiful. I sin but I’m not the devil. I’m good, but I’m not an angel. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

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.

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

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.

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

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