#1: Marilyn Monroe
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Whether or not Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, one thing’s for certain—everyone loves Marilyn Monroe. The biggest Blonde Bombshell of them all is responsible for this explosive entry into the annals of celebrity love quotes.
When it comes to celebrities deriving love quotes from their own relationships, Marilyn sure had a lot of A-list material. You think Kim and Kanye hooking up is a dynamite relationship?
Try marrying or fooling around with not one, not two, but three American icons—Joe DiMaggio, JFK, Arthur Miller—and still remaining not just an icon yourself, but one with as much of an aura of immortality as those figures.
This quote gives an indication as to why. A lesser person might have determined their self-worth by simply being with those other icons. Not Marilyn Monroe, though.
She shows she knows she’s worth something and therefore, because she creates her self-worth, rather than someone else, meaning that for you to “deserve” her would be a high privilege, because she holds herself to such a high standard.
Despite her onscreen presence, however, Monroe displays yet another characteristic vital for self-esteem and successful relationships, namely, an acute sense of self-awareness.
Not only does she make no pretenses about being perfect, but openly admits her flaws—a health exercise for anyone—before determining that she’s still worthwhile in spite of those flaws, thereby ensuring that they do not define her any more than outside opinion.
This is self-confidence at its zenith, and it’s the final sentence is easily the most Tumblr and T-shirt happy part of Monroe’s statement, and it’s what catapults it into the pantheons of not just great love quotes, but offers great relationship advice as well.
This is especially poignant given Marilyn Monroe’s personal history and public persona.
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”—well, next to independence, ingenuity, equality, personality, and wit, anyway—all of which made Marilyn Monroe an icon for the ages.
And likewise makes her comment here one of the all-time love quotes, with a candidness here that does credit to her overall candor as she shows herself and her quote to have been anything but merely flashy, allowing us to conclude our look at this dynamite woman with a bang.