Marilyn Monroe has had more romances than we can count - and while it's debatable how many of them were considered "true love - we're reflecting on 15 famous icons' thoughts on real love.
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."
"[Being in love is] a very dangerous state. You are inclined to recklessness and kind of tune out the rest of your life and everything that's been important to you. It's actually not all that pleasurable. I don't know who the hell wants to get in a situation where you can't bear an hour without somebody's company."
"Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell."
"He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.
"He isn't going to quote poetry, he's not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break."
"When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it is the grand love of my life."
"Love liberates. It doesn't just hold—that's ego. Love liberates. It doesn't bind. Love says, 'I love you. I love you if you're in China. I love you if you're across town. I love you if you're in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I'd like to have your arms around me. I'd like to hear your voice in my ear. But that's not possible now, so I love you. Go.' "
"When everything happens to you when you're so young, you're very lucky, but by the same token, you're never going to have that same feeling again. The first time anything happens to you—your first love, your first success—the second one is never the same."
"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement and acceptance."
"A soul mate is somebody who changes you. And then, sometimes, they have to leave. Because the intensity of the relationship is so much that you can't actually have a stable [relationship] … Your partner is something else. You know, a spouse, a husband, a partner—that's your friend. My husband is my best friend. He's not the mirror that holds up my flaws. He's just the guy who's like, 'I think you're terrific.' And I'm like, 'I think you're terrific. How can we be nice to each other today?'"
"It's probably not just by chance that I'm alone. ... It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he's terrible strong. And if he's stronger than I, I'm the one who can't live with him. ... I've loved without being a woman made only for love."
"Only the really plain people know about love."
"People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You know? You cut out what you don't want to see, you add this if it isn't there. And so therefore, you're building a lie."
"Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence."
"Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone—but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding."
"Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary."
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