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Marilyn Monroe Quotes

One of my facebook friends recently posted this image:


I was immediately skeptical. Emaciated women were not trendy until after Marilyn Monroe died. I thought this was common knowledge. Countless people have said "If Marilyn Monroe were around today, she'd be considered fat." (Actually she would be considered old, but I quibble).

I googled this quote, and the first two hits were simply sites that repeated it. But the third one was a  link to a post  in the blog  It's Kind Of Lovely Isn't It that debunks it. Citing the webpage Immortal Marilyn, author states " there are no records of MM saying ANY of the most popular quotes attributed to her".

Among these popular quotes is the Marilyn Quote I most love to hate:

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, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.

Every time I hear this quote I want to say "But honey....you're not Marilyn Monroe". Now I realize a more fitting response would be "Marilyn Monroe didn't say that." I still like my original answer better though. Some people just need to be told they are not Marilyn Monroe, whether it's relevant or not.

You might think the lesson  is that  we should have known that Marilyn Monroe was not a great wit or source of pithy sayings.But that would be just as wrong as giving her credit for all of the bogus quotes.

I went to Immortal Marilyn. It does a good job of debunking the bogus quotes, but it also provides some authentic quotes that are actually wittier than the the phony internet quotes.

Here's a few:
I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest

The truth is, I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves

I've been asked, 'Do you mind living in a man's world?' I always answer, 'Not as long as I can be a woman in it"

(on posing nude) I did too have something on. I had the radio on.

All of these are pithy, clever, and completely devoid of cliches from self-help books.

So the lesson is not that Marilyn Monroe was the dumb blonde we thought she was after all. Clearly she wasn't. Perhaps the real lesson can be found in the words of Abraham Lincoln, a man who knew a thing or two about being eloquent himself.