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  • "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."
  • "Marilyn Monroe was quite aware of the powerful impact she had on people just from her physical presence, but she longed to be recognized as a serious and talented actress, working hard at her vocation."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • " I watched the faces of the listeners when the minister would cry out how much God loved them and how much they needed to set themselves right with God. They were faces without any argument in them, just tired faces that were glad to hear Somebody loved them."
  • "(about Norma Jean, her childhood self) With success all around me, I can still feel her frightened eyes looking out of mine. She keeps saying, "I never lived, I was never loved," and often I get confused and think it's I who am saying it."
  • "At twelve I looked like a girl of seventeen. My body was developed and shapely. But no one knew this but me. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided. They made me look like an overgrown lummox."
  • "(about reading Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet) I was never told what to read, and nobody ever gave me anything to read. You know -- the way there are certain books that everybody reads while they're growing up? . . . So what I do is -- nights when I've got nothing else to do I go to the Pickwick bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard. And I just open books at random -- or when I come to a page or a paragraph I like, I buy that book. So last night I bought this one. Is that wrong?"
  • "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."
  • "The worst thing that happens to people when they dress up and go to a party is that they leave their real selves at home. They're like people on a stage playing somebody else. They play that they're important, and they want you to meet their importance, not themselves."
  • "People respect you because they feel you've survived hard times and endured, and although you've become famous, you haven't become phony."
  • "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."
  • “I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”
  • “Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story
  • “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story
  • “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story
  • “When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story
  • “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.” ― Marilyn Monroe, Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters
  • “For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.” ― Marilyn Monroe, My Story
  • On Natasha Lytess- "She was a great teacher, but she got really jealous about the men I saw. She thought she was my husband!"
  • From George Barris- "Marilyn. We said a prayer for her- she became part of our lives."
  • "Lies, lies, lies, nothing but lies. Everything they've been saying about me is lies. You are the first person I am telling this to. I'll tell you about my childhood, career, marriages, and divorces- but most important, what I want most out of life."- to George Barris
  • "There's always two sides to a story."
  • "The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."
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