Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Marilyn

“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.

“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. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.”

“It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far.”

“To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation.”

“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.”

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

“Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.”

“I want to grow old without facelifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you.”

“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”

“I've never dropped anyone I believed in.”

“I restore myself when I'm alone.”

“I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”


Jessica / Lola Vintage said...

Thank you for posting. I love this. :) Not sure if you heard yet, but unpublished pics of Marilyn have surfaced, I found that article on today.

denisebrain said...

Those are beautiful shots of the 24-year old Marilyn...thank you for pointing this out! (Unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe surface - #cnn)

Nicole said...

Another lovely post - some great MM quotes there. I love the one about dogs never biting a young wife she once brought a cow into her home because it was raining. She had a natural affinity with animals I think.

denisebrain said...

Thanks Nicole...I loved reading your post about Marilyn too. I didn't really care for Marilyn when I was young because she didn't seem the model of the strong woman I wanted to be. Her weaknesses now seem to me to be her inability to reconcile her working life with her inner life, which only occasionally overlapped. I now love her for the wonderfully talented actress she was along with the golden lady, as you called her, that she became. I am so sad for what brought her down. She was so much more than she is known to be, and it is tragic that we made her into no more than we did.

Nicole said...

I couldn't agree more, Maggie - I think what first attracted me was her vulnerability, her sense of loneliness. The quotes you've picked illustrate how disconnected she must have felt from people's (mens?) expectation of her. Her life was a hard one, and ended very sadly.

It irks me that anyone could seriously think that she had killed herself, and the evidence has always pointed elsewhere...