“An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.
“I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.
“I want to be an artist, not… a celluloid aphrodisiac.
“If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.
“I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.
“Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.
“What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers.
“I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.
“You know, most people really don’t know me.
“I restore myself when I’m alone.
“What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can’t I just be an ordinary woman?
“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 have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
“A man has a tendency to accept you the way you are, while most women immediately start to pick flaws and want to change you.
“We should all start to live before we get too old.
“I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.
“I used to get the feeling, and sometimes I still get it, that sometimes I was fooling somebody; I don’t know who or what, maybe myself.
“Next to my husband, and along with Marlon Brando, I think that Yves Montand is the most attractive man I’ve ever met.
“Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage.
“There are many times when a woman will ask another girl friend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, ‘Fine,’ but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, ‘What a horror!’