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Quotes incorrectly attributed to Marilyn Monroe and who actually said them

Quotes incorrectly attributed to Marilyn Monroe and who actually said them.

Quotes incorrectly attributed to Marilyn Monroe and who actually said them

Powerful quotes about beauty and womanhood attributed to Marilyn Monroe have been popping up on the internet in droves. Only problem: she never said most of them. Here are some of the best—and who really did say them.

Quote: “No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”

Actually said by: Simone De Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex

Quote: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

Actually said by: 1960s guru Timothy Leary

Quote: “I like to feel dumb. That’s how I know there’s more in the world than me.”

Actually said by: Writer Susan Sontag

Quote: “Independence is happiness.”

Actually said by: Women’s rights crusader Susan B. Anthony

Quote: “Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

Actually said by: Fashion designer Edith Head

Quote: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Actually said by: Confucius

Quote: “Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

Actually said by: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay

Quote: “To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.”

Actually said by: Lady Gaga. Monroe couldn’t have commented on years after her death
size zero because it wasn’t introduced in the United States until 1966

Quote: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Actually said by: Bette Midler

Quote: “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”

Actually said by: Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain

Quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

Actually said by: College professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, in an article in an academic journal in 1976. (It can also be seen, unattributed, on millions of bumper stickers and T-shirts.)

Quote: “Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.”

Actually said by: 20th-century memoirist and essayist Anais Nin

Quote: “I like what I do. I do what I like.”

Actually said by: Reverse the phrases, and add an “S” to the “like” and it’s paraphrasing of a lyric in the song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins.

Quote: “It’s better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you’re not.”

Actually said by: French author and critic Andre Gide

Quote: “Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt, and bewildered.”

Actually said by: Another big-screen sex symbol-Clara Bow. She said it in 1962…in reference to the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Quote: “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck”

Actually said by: Political activist Emma Goldman

Quote: “Men know best about everything, except what women know better.”

Actually said by: George Eliot, author of Silas Marner. (Eliot was the pen name of female author Mary Ann Evans.)

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