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Marlene Dietrich Quotes


A German-American actress and singer.
(1901 - 1992)

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"Glamour" is assurance. It is a kind of knowing that you are all right in every way, mentally and physically and in appearance, and that, whatever the occasion or the situation, you are equal to it.
[Self Confidence]
 

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
 

A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
[Positive]
 

America took me into her bosom when there was no longer a country worthy of the name, but in my heart I am German - German in my soul.
[America]
 

Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.
 

Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.
 

Duties are what make life most worth living. Lacking them, you are not necessary to anyone.
[Goals]
 

Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade.
 

Grumbling is the death of love.
[Self Pity]
 

How do you know love is gone? If you said that you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police - it's gone.
[Heartbreak]
 

I am at heart a gentleman.
 

I am not a myth.
 

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
 

I had no desire to be an film actress, to always play somebody else, to be always beautiful with somebody constantly straightening out your every eyelash. It was always a big bother to me.
 

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
 

I never enjoyed working in a film.
[Movies]
 

I'm worth more dead than alive. Don't cry for me after I'm gone; cry for me now.
 

If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.
[God]
 

In America, sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it's a fact.
[Sex]
 

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
[Friendship]
 


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