Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962) was one of the most famous Hollywood actresses of the twentieth century.

  1. "Suicide is a person's privilege. I don't believe it's a sin or a crime. It's your right if you want to, though it doesn't get you anywhere."
  2. "I want to grow old without face-lifts ... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. Sometimes, I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know yourself."
  3. For breakfast, I have two raw beaten eggs in a glass of hot milk. I never eat dessert. My nail polish is transparent. I never wear stockings or underclothes because I think it is important to breathe freely. I wash my hair everyday and I am always brushing it. Every morning I walk across my apartment rolling an empty soda bottle between my ankles, in order to preserve my balance."
  4. "I'm not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful."
  5. "With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, and 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."
  6. "It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you."
  7. "I won't be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me."
  8. "You can't sleep your way into being a star. It takes much, much more. But it helps a lot of actresses get their first chance that way."
  9. "If I am a star the people made me a star."
  10. "Only the public can make a star. It's the studios who try to make a system out of it."
  11. "Fame is fickle and I know it. It has its compensations, but it also has its drawbacks and I've experienced them both."
  12. "A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night."
  13. "If I had observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere."
  14. "I used to think as I looked at 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.'"
  15. "It's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far."
  16. She (the character, Sadie Thompson) was a girl who knew how to be gay even when she was sad. That's important, you know?"
  17. "I don't understand why people aren't a little more generous with each other."
  18. "Dogs never bite me, just humans."
  19. "I never intentionally mean to hurt anyone, but you can't be too nice to people you work with, else they will trample you to death."
  20. "I've never dropped anyone I believed in."
  21. "No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't."
  22. "I was a mistake. My mother didn't want to have me. I guess she never wanted me. I probably got in her way. I know I must have disgraced her. A divorced woman has enough problems getting a man, I guess, but one with an illegitimate baby.... I wish, I still wish, she had wanted me."
  23. The most unsatisfactory men are those who pride themselves on their virility and regard sex as if it were some form of athletics at which you can win cups. It is a woman's spirit and mood a man has to stimulate in order to make sex interesting. The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or by just staring into space."
  24. "I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."
  25. "I am a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me because of the image they have made of me and that I have made of myself, as a sex symbol. Men expect so much and I can't live up to it. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy's the same as any other woman's. I can't live up to it."
  26. "Joe doesn't think any man can love me except him. He's my best friend in the world. I don't want to lose him. I don't want to lose Jose (Bolanos). Oh, help me, somebody..."
  27. "You know who I always depend on? Not strangers, not friends. The telephone! That's my best friend. I seldom write letters, but I love calling friends, especially late at night, when I can't sleep."
  28. "I always felt I was nobody and the only way for me to be somebody was to be... well, somebody else."
  29. "My great ambition is to have people comment on my fine dramatic performances."
  30. "My illusions didn't have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But, my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!"
  31. "I always felt insecure and in the way - but most of all I felt scared. I guess I wanted love more than anything else in the world."
  32. "Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one. I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity."
  33. "In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. 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 kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty."
  34. "I want to be an artist not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiac."
  35. "The truth is 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 they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them and fooling them."
  36. "It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature - and it won't hurt your feelings - like it's happening to your clothes not you."
  37. "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."
  38. "I let them think what they want. If they just care enough to bother with what I do then, I'm already better than them anyway."
  39. "Well behaved woman rarely make history."
  40. I've never liked the name Marilyn. I've often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it's too late to do anything about it now."
  41. "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."
  42. "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."
  43. "As of today, I have absolutely no regrets. I think I am a mature person who can take things in stride. I'm grateful for people in my past. They helped me get to where I am, wherever that is. But now, I am thinking for myself and sitting in on all the business transactions
  44. "Those people have been writing all those lies about me, all I know, it's their problem. Those people, I don't even know them or if we met it's been brief. Can I take it? Most of course! I'm used to it and remember the old saying: 'consider the source'."
  45. "I let them think what they want. If they just care enough to bother with what I do then, I'm already better than them anyway.
  46. "Blond hair and breasts, that's how I got started. I couldn't act. All I had was blond hair and a body men liked. The reason I got ahead is that I was lucky and met the right men."
  47. "I think cheesecake helps call attention to you. Then you can follow through and prove yourself."
  48. "Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature."
  49. "Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak. A woman can bring new love to each man she loves, providing there aren't too many."