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Marilyn Monroe quotes

Marilyn Monroe in her own words

The pin-up's most iconic quotes

1 June would have been Marilyn Monroe's 86th birthday - a concept that's hard to imagine for a woman who captivated a generation of fans with her voluptuous figure and come-hither allure.

Yet, for someone whose buxom blonde appeal was prized above her films, Marilyn certainly had a lot to say for herself - both on and off-screen. That's why Stylist have to decided to celebrate Marilyn's birthday by quoting history's most iconic sex icon in her own words, alongside a stunning collection of images from throughout her short life.

Click on the images below to launch our gallery of Marilyn's most famous quotes.

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    “No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a… More details

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    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.”

    Picture: Marilyn in 1929

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

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    "It's not true that I had nothing on. I had… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1955

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "I want to grow old without facelifts. I… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1949

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "I don't want to make money, I just want to… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1953

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Dogs never bite me. Just… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Dogs never bite me. Just humans."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1962

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    "I don't know who invented high heels, but… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1953

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Diamonds are a girls best friend."… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Diamonds are a girls best friend."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1950

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5,… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1959

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "I've been on a calendar, but never on… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I've been on a calendar, but never on time."

    Picture: Marilyn calendar, 1953

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Before marriage, a girl has to make love to… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "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."

    Picture: Marilyn on her wedding day to first husband Jimmy Dougherty in 1942

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,… More details

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    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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

    Picture: Marilyn with Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, 1959

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "If you're gonna be two-faced at least make… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1955

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "The real lover is the man who can thrill… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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

    Picture: Marilyn with Yves Montand in Let's Make Love, 1960

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1953

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1951

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "Girls will be your friends - they'll act… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them."

    Picture: Marilyn with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in How To Marry A Millionaire, 1953

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "I don't mind living in a man's world, as… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it."

    Picture: Marilyn with Sammy Davis Jr., Milton Green and Mel Torme, 1955

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1952

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "Women who seek to be equal with men lack… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

    Picture: Marilyn with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, 1959

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "The body is meant to be seen, not all… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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

    Picture: Marilyn in 1962

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "If I'd observed all the rules I'd never… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "If I'd observed all the rules I'd never have got anywhere."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1955

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "We are all of us stars, and we deserve to… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1955

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "Who said nights were for sleep?"… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Who said nights were for sleep?"

    Picture: Marilyn in 1952

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "It's often just enough to be with someone.… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."

    Picture: Marilyn with Keith Andes in Clash By Night, 1952

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "I restore myself when I'm… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I restore myself when I'm alone."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1954

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    “If I'm a star, then the people made me a… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “If I'm a star, then the people made me a star.”

    Picture: Marilyn in 1955

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "Sex is part of nature. I go along with… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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

    Picture: Marilyn in 1962

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "If you can make a girl laugh, you can make… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything."

    Picture: Marilyn with Keith Andes in Clash By Night, 1952

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "I don't mind being burdened with being… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1953

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    “The thing I want more than anything else? I… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.”

    Picture: Marilyn with David Wayne in We're Not Married!, 1952

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    “A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.”

    Picture: Marilyn in 1952

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own …

    "I am just a small girl in a big world… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1950

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    “The trouble with censors is that they worry if… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any.”

    Picture: Marilyn in 1953

    More vintage photos: see Cannes: A History Of Glamour

  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    “Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    “Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

    Picture: Marilyn in 1952

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  • Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

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    "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius… More details

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words

    "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

    Picture: Marilyn in 1950

    Farewell to a legend: Oprah Winfrey's Life In Pictures

    Picture credits: Rex Features and Getty Images

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