14 Powerful Marilyn Monroe Quotes About Love & Heartbreak

“I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

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Marilyn Monroe was adored by fans all over the world, throughout her lifetime and long after. She also wanted to love — and to be loved — more than anything. Here are some of her greatest (and at times bittersweet) quotes about love, from her IRL marriages and memorable scenes from her biggest movies.

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.

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I don’t care how rich he is, as long as he has a yacht, his own private railroad car, and his own toothpaste.

'Some Like It Hot' film, 1959

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I can be smart when it’s important. But most men don’t like it.

'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' film, 1953

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He understood some things about me, I understood some things about him, and we based our marriage on it.

On husband Joe DiMaggio

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I expected a flashy New York sports type and instead I met this reserved guy who didn’t make a pass at me right away ... He treated me like something special.

1952, on Joe DiMaggio

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

1956, on Arthur Miller

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My marriage [to James Dougherty] didn’t make me sad, but it didn’t make me happy, either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other ... This wasn’t because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.

'Marilyn Monroe' by Donald Spoto, 1993

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It’s doubly difficult to understand that you, the most different, most beautiful human being, chose me to love.

In a letter to Arthur Miller

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We’re so congenial, This is the first time I’ve been really in love.

On husband Arthur Miller

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Arthur is a serious man, but he has a wonderful sense of humor. We laugh and joke a lot. I’m mad about him.

On husband Arthur Miller

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I think that love and work are the only things that really happen to us.

On life

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I won’t let myself fall in love with a man who won’t trust me, no matter what I might do.

'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' film, 1953

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I think it’s wonderful that you’re married. I think it’s just elegant.

'The Seven Year Itch' film, 1955


I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.


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