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To Love is to Suffer: Marilyn Monroe and Other Immortal Icons Explain Their Idea of Love

From Marilyn Monroe to Virginia Woolf: love in all its complexity.

Love is such a powerful word, but tremendous at the same time. They say love can’t exist without pain. Do you agree with that?

10 of the greatest female icons of the XX Century explain their idea of love, between ecstasy and suffering. Let yourself be inspired.


“I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife, since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.”

  • Marilyn Monroe



“To love is to suffer: one side always loves more.”

  • Catherine Deneuve



“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

  • Virginia Woolf



“Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams.”

  • Sylvia Plath



“Love is the unity of soul, mind and body. Pay attention to the precedence…”

  • Brigitte Bardot



“A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.”

  • Elizabeth Taylor



“I guess you think that mad love can cure anything. Well, it can’t. You have to have more in common for marriage to work.”

  • Ava Gardner



“The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength, each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving.”

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex



“It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men.”

  • Mae West



“I’ve been loved, and I’ve been in love. There’s a big difference. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give. Which is everything.”

  • Katharine Hepburn

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