America during the 1950s held a promising and confident future filled with peace and prosperity. After World War II ended, America was surrounded by postwar booms that helped its people move past the war.

One of the things that helped the people recover was show business. At the time, the movie industry had just met its greatest foe – the television. However, crowd favorites, such as Marilyn Monroe, helped the movie industry take back its audience.

You might remember Marilyn Monroe best as an American actress with an iconic subway grate photo where her skirt fluttered in the wind, but people from the 1950s would beg to differ. Marilyn was the embodiment of femininity and sensuality. She had style and grace that inspired women of the 50s and the generations to come.

But while she captured the hearts of many, Marilyn Monroe had deep-seated emotions that eventually caused her downfall. She was a deeply unhappy actress who hid her monsters from her fans. Despite that, she always made sure to put on a charming smile in front of her fans.


Struggles during Her Early Life

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Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. She was a top-billed American actress during the 1950s, famous for portraying the role of a comically dumb blonde in movies. Marilyn tragically passed away due to barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36.

You’ll find several articles about Marilyn Monroe and her struggle with depression. Even though she had several critics that attacked her career, she remained as a top-billed actress. This is because Marilyn, for several years, persevered and followed her dreams. She was an inspiration to everyone who strived to overcome personal obstacles in order to achieve their goals.

Marilyn Monroe grew up amidst a challenging situation and a troubled childhood. Her mother had psychiatric problems and was put into a mental institution. In fact, Marilyn suffered a troubling memory of her mother pushing a pillow into her face while she was young.

The problematic state of her mother’s mental health is the reason Marilyn moved from one orphanage to another. You might think her early personal struggles ended there, but Marilyn constantly had trouble with the foster families she ended up with. At one point, Marilyn was sexually assaulted by her foster father at the age of seven.

But she never would’ve thought that her love for film would stem from a terrible experience with one of her foster families. They would send her to the movies alone and let her sit the night away in theaters. That’s when Marilyn discovered her love for film.

Marilyn Monroe’s career started when a photographer featured her as a swimsuit model for his work. She started as a model before reaching stardom as an actress. Her fluctuating mental state may have made her feel she was alone, but she had a fighting spirit unlike any other.


Embracing Your Flaws

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A lot of people misjudged Marilyn’s work because her fame revolved around her beauty. Others might even go as far as saying she’s the epitome of vanity, but they’re absolutely wrong. She was best known as a Hollywood sex symbol in the 50s, but she was so much more than that.

She was independent, open-minded, creative, and witty. She would go on to defy a lot of her own limitations and the belief of several critics. To date, there are over 600 books written about Marilyn Monroe, all because of her confidence and determination.

In fact, several critics said she never had the talent for acting. But Marilyn would go on to prove all of them wrong. She hired professional coaches to help her improve her acting. It was her eagerness to do her best that helped her blossom into a figure that would go on to inspire women all over the world.

You’ll probably find several movies where Marilyn Monroe would play the role of a comical blonde, but in truth, she embraced knowledge and was always eager to learn. In fact, Marilyn had a personal library that shelved over 400 books with a variety of topics from history to philosophy, art, literature, and poetry.

She made no effort in trying to change who people thought she was, because the only person she needed to believe in her was herself. She has gone down in history as an influential figure because that’s exactly who she was.

She embraced the flaws that critics made her believe she had, and went on to prove all of them wrong. Today, people continue to be inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her ability to aim for the sky.

So if you need a little inspiration as you face humongous challenges in your life right now, don’t fret. Here are 30 Marilyn Monroe quotes that can help you aim for the sky.

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Marilyn Monroe Quotes

Marilyn Monroe quotes

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


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. 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.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“Too often they don’t realize what they have until it’s gone…they’re too stubborn to say, ‘Sorry, I was wrong’ they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“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.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent. ” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.” – Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe quotes

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.” – Marilyn Monroe

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