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Marlene Dietrich

  • The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman — any woman — with beautiful legs.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • news item ()
  • Being in the depths of sadness is just as important an experience as being exuberantly happy.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • "How to Be Loved," in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Every human being is in need of talking to somebody. In this country nobody has time. It seems that talking to a friend has gone out of style. Now you have to pay money to go to an analyst.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.

  • A country without bordels is like a house without bathrooms.

  • The air and the sky seem to have been freshly washed and polished, and the people too.

  • Grumbling is the death of love.

  • Habit: Often mistaken for love.

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

  • [On Orson Welles:] When I talk to him, I feel like a plant that's been watered.

  • Judging by the vast amount of cookbooks printed and sold in the United States one would think the American woman a fanatical cook. She isn't.

  • [On Las Vegas:] I love that town. No clocks. No locks. No restrictions.

  • There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing.

  • Morocco: Looks better in films.

  • [On quotations:] I love them because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizedly wiser than oneself.

  • Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.

  • There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.

  • Sleeping alone, except under doctor's orders, does much harm. Children will tell you how lonely it is sleeping alone. If possible you should always sleep with someone you love. You both recharge your mutual batteries free of charge.

  • Soft drinks: The gooey, bubbly sea drowning our American children.

  • Soup not only warms you and is easy to swallow and to digest, it also creates the illusion in the back of your mind that Mother is there.

  • Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows.

  • Timing: The alpha and omega of aerialists, jugglers, actors, diplomats, publicists, generals, prizefighters, revolutionists, financiers, dictators, lovers.

  • To lose your prejudices you must travel.

  • Seeing twilight fall should be prescribed by doctors.

  • Love for the joy of loving, and not for the offerings of someone else's heart.

  • Words can bruise and break hearts, and minds as well. There are no black and blue marks, no broken bones to put in plaster cast, and therefore no prison bars for the offender.

  • I have a child and I've made a few people happy. That is all.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Take One, vol. 4 ()
  • [On friends:] It's the ones you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that matter.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • Logic is the key to an all-inclusive spiritual well-being.

  • Nobody can foresee what will please the critics. Every artistic activity is, and always will be, a poker game.

  • Duties are what make life most worth the living. Lacking them, you are not necessary to anyone.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Steven Bach, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend ()
  • I, personally, liked the legend.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • 1959, in Steven Bach, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend ()
  • ... one should be afraid of life, not of death.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Steven Bach, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend ()
  • You can't live without illusions, even if you must fight for them.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in Donald Spoto, Blue Angel ()
  • In Europe it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman. We make love with anyone we find attractive.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • 1930, in Donald Spoto, Blue Angel ()
  • Most people who make movies are in real life a bitter disappointment. I, on the other hand, am so much better in real life.

    • Marlene Dietrich,
    • in The Sunday Times ()
  • The only really happy people are married women and single men.

    • Marlene Dietrich
  • Careful grooming may take twenty years off a woman's age, but you can't fool a long flight of stairs.

    • Marlene Dietrich
  • Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.

    • Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich, German-born U.S. actor

(1901 - 1992)

Born: Marie Magdalene von Losch.