40 Smart & Sexy Quotes from Marilyn for a Sassy Valentines.

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CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 1953: Actress Marilyn Monroe at home. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

What isn’t commonly known about Marilyn Monroe is that she was one of Hollywoods most ambitious and hard working people.

What is also regularly overlooked is that she became an enduring American icon after a childhood where she was abandoned and abused.

With her wit, heart and determination she rose to the top of show business in the 50s when women were seen as primarily domestic engineers. Even after being type casted as a “dumb blonde” and underpaid for her work because she was female, she never gave up.

She turned away from what held her back then and began her own production company.

Marilyn used her body, but she also used everything else she had to succeed. She was a keen businesswoman, a sex-goddess, but most importantly to me, she was incredibly human. She struggled with depression, anxiety and heartbreak and was open about this at a time when feelings were to be kept unseen.

I admire her for her fearlessness. There is much that Marilyn can teach us, but for this Valentine’s Day, I would like to remember her for the fight that was in her soul.

I plan to pull out a few of her classy one-liners this weekend, sprinkle them into conversations and over friends’ heads. Because we all need a little encouragement to live big, especially around holidays that can get a wee bit heavy.

Thank you Marilyn, your words always make me feel sassy and strong:

#1) Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will?”

#2) “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure.”

#3) “I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”

#4) “Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.”

#5) “It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”

#6) “Fear is stupid.”

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

#8) “All we demanded was our right to twinkle.”

#9) “She was a girl who knew how to be happy—And that’s important—you know ”

#10) “If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”

#11) “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

#12) “Imperfection is beauty.”

#13) “It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”

#14) “Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.”

#15) “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

#16) “As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go.”

#17) “Who said nights were for sleep?”

#18) “It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them.”

#19) “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

#20) “I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”

#21) “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”

#22) “There is no comparison between having a dinner date with a man and staying home playing canasta with the girls.”

#23) “I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural.”

#24) “It’s all make believe, isn’t it?”

#25) “I want to be an artist, not…a celluloid aphrodisiac.”

#26) “A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing.”

#27) “I read poetry to save time.”

#28) “The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.”

#29) “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

#30) “Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.”

#31) “I defy gravity.”

#32) “There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on.”

#33) “Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid.”

#34) “One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman.”

#35) “Marriage destroyed my relationship with two wonderful men.” 

#36) “I often wake up in the night, and I like to have something to think about.”

#37) “I’m looking forward to becoming marvelous.”

#38) “I don’t digest things with my mind.”

#39) “I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.”

#40) “The ‘public’ scares me, but people I trust.”

Perhaps because of the time period she came from, Marilyn Monroe never considered herself an intellect, but she was most certainly an artist of sculpted wit, whose insights into love and life I find profound.

I hope these quotes lift our hearts this Valentine’s Day, wherever we are at, and inspire our spirit to be a little more fiery and bold.



Author: Sarah Norrad

Editor: Travis May

Image: Flickr/Ky

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About Sarah Norrad

Sarah Norrad was born a wild woman in the rural and rugged forests of the Nimpkish Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC. This is a place where the mountains, forests and rivers speak louder than the people. A transformational life coach, certified yoga instructor, mindfulness and lay counsellor, world roaming romper and authoress, Sarah muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, adventure and tenderness. Currently, she exploits the cracks in her own heart to write as featured author at elephant journal, her busy brain to create content for others through her business and her keen spirit to sit in counsel with other evolving humans, teaching powerful tools for success in all aspect of our lives, especially the spark of connection. Occasionally she is caught planting giant kisses on loved ones and on the weekends sippin' sparkling fruit juices. Please track down her offerings and her wild woman self on elephant journal, her writer's page or her personal Facebook, her website, Cowbird, Twitter and Instagram.


13 Responses to “40 Smart & Sexy Quotes from Marilyn for a Sassy Valentines.”

  1. Dianne Norrad says:

    That was uplifting – we all have the gift of ourselves to give. thanks for the reminder

  2. Anika says:

    This was a marvellous Valentine’s Day gift my friend! Thank you!!!

  3. Ola says:

    Thank you so much for this article. Great quotes. After reading them I feel even more grateful for being a woman 🙂

  4. Ola says:

    Thank you for the article. Great quotes! After reading them I feel even more grateful for being a woman 🙂

  5. AJ AJ says:

    If all women had her confidence we would be the leaders ubove all leaders and love ourselves with more then negativity that people throw on us to bring us down In clouding myself I dream of being on
    Y a closeness to whom she was An inspiration to all women

    • @NorradSarah says:

      We can be there. We just have to live it and breathe it as much as we are able and keep moving forward. We are doing it! We need to keep turning away from the things that pull us down. We are powerful creators. xoxox much love to you!

  6. Julia says:

    Thank you – this made me smile and gave me a great quote to be written into my darling man’s Valentines card – #7!

    It also reaffirmed my belief Marilyn was an enneagram type 4, a romantic and individualist.

    Julia in South Africa x

  7. Adam says:

    Wow, these quot are nice and effective for life.

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