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Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love, Marriage and Sex

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Marilyn Monroe in Korea 1954

Marilyn Monroe entertaining US troops in Korea, 1954

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1942 Marilyn Monroe First Marriage

Marilyn Monroe with her first husband, 1942

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love, Marriage, Sex

Quotes about love and marriage and sex from Marilyn Monroe, movie star especially important in the 1950s:

• I have too many fantasies to be a housewife.... I guess I am a fantasy.

• It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.

• A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night.

• A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.

• Don't you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn't marry a girl just because she's pretty, but my goodness, doesn't it help? [in character as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes]

• What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? A woman who can have a family ... I'd settle for just one baby. My own baby.

• The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.

• Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.

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

• It's not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.

• 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?

• That's the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of.

• Everyone's just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal. Can't I be anything else? Gee, how long can you be sexy?

• 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.

• The public doesn't mind people living together without being married, providing they don't overdo it.

• Most men judge your importance in their lives by how much you can hurt them, not by how happy you can make them.

• Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.

• [H]usbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.

• 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. Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.

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

• Wives have a tendency to go off like burglar alarms when they see their husbands talking to me.

• It's 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 by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

• Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak. A woman can bring a new love to each man she loves, providing there are not too many.

• As far as I can make out, women's friendships with each other are based on a gush of lies and pretty speeches that mean nothing. You'd think they were all wolves trying to seduce each other the way they flatter and flirt when they're together.

(about her teen years) My admirers all said the same thing in different ways. It was my fault, their wanting to kiss and hug me.

• The first effect marriage had on me was to increase my lack of interest in sex.... Actually our marriage was a sort of friendship with sexual privileges.

• It's better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.

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