Marilyn Monroe was known for many things, not least among them her ability to wrangle a mate.

Even 50 years after her death, many still want to know why she married and divorced three men in her short lifetime.

Below, we've collected nine of her best quips on love and marriage that offer just a small glimpse.

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  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night."</a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him."</a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"The first effect marriage had on me was to increase my lack of interest in sex.... Actually our marriage was a sort of friendship with sexual privileges."</a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy New York sports type, and instead I met this reserved guy who didn't make a pass at me right away! He treated me like something special. Joe is a very decent man, and he makes other people feel decent, too." </a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"I didn't want to give up my career, and that's what Joe wanted me to do most of all."</a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted. I did sort of think, you know, marriage did that. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy - that's it, successful, happy, and on time." </a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"Arthur Miller wouldn't have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde." </a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really."</a>

  • <a href="" target="_hplink">"Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives."</a>

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