10 Inspiring Quotes from Hollywood's Beloved Starlet Marilyn Monroe

From passion to success, here are some wise words from Marilyn Monroe.

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By Rose Leadem • Jun 1, 2018

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Marilyn Monroe is still considered one of the most famous faces in Hollywood. A model, actress, singer and America’s iconic sex symbol, Monroe shook up the world with her curves, femininity and flirty persona. Of course, success didn’t always come easy for the blonde bombshell.

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Overcoming a difficult childhood in and out of foster homes, the then Norma Jeanne was a highschool dropout, married in 1942 at age 16 and worked in a radioplane factory during the war. However, it was in the radioplane factory that Monroe was discovered by a photographer and her modeling and acting career finally began to blossom. Landing herself small gigs with 21st Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, it was finally in the mid-1950s that she became a major Hollywood star, with films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch.

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While Monroe struggled with her own vices that often accompany fame and fortune, she was a refreshing new face for the world. Unafraid to be herself and follow her dreams, she’s an inspiration to everyone: no matter where you come from, you have the ability to change the world.

For more inspiration from the Hollywood starlet, here are 10 quotes on success, passion and motivation.

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On success

“I just want to be wonderful.” -- Marilyn Monroe
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On fear

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets." -- Marilyn Monroe
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On the future

“Sometimes things fall apart, so that better things can fall together." -- Marilyn Monroe

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On motivation

"A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none." -- Marilyn Monroe
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On passion

"A career is born in public -- talent in privacy." -- Marilyn Monroe
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On perseverance

"If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere." -- Marilyn Monroe
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On hard work

“I want to do the best that I can do in that moment, when the camera starts, until it stops.” -- Marilyn Monroe

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On being yourself

"Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do." -- Marilyn Monroe
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On following your dreams

“Always be yourself. Retain individuality; listen to the truest part of yourself.” -- Marilyn Monroe
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On mindset

"The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream." -- Marilyn Monroe
Rose Leadem
Rose Leadem is a freelance writer for Entrepreneur.com. 

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