Marlene Dietrich Quotes and Sayings

The Best Marlene Dietrich Quotes:

I need harmony around me more than food, drink, and sleep.

Marlene Dietrich On Love

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Grumbling is the death of love.

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

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 yet - it's gone.

The lover says, how beautiful you are now that you love me.

For most of us to be alone is misery

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

Marlene Dietrich Quotes on Being and Actress

There is a lack of dignity to film stardom.

The relationship between the make-up man and the film actor is that of accomplices in crime.

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

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

I had no desire to be a 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 never enjoyed working in a film.

I`m not an actress -- I'm a personality.

Marlene Dietrich Quotes on America and Germany

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.

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain. They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.

The tears I have cried over Germany have dried. I have washed my face.

The Germans and I no longer speak the same language.

I will never again go to Germany.


Marlene Dietrich Quotes on the Relationships
Between Men and Women

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

Woman's greatest asset. Her own magnetic field into which the man is drawn.

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

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.

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

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.

I was so happy! ... We would simply read and sleep, be tender ... God, how I loved this man!                     

Gentleman. A man who buys two of the same morning paper from the doorman of his favorite nightclub when he leaves with his girl .

Do let him read the papers. But not while you accusingly tiptoe around the room, or perch much like a silent bird of prey on the edge of your most uncomfortable chair. (He will read them anyway, and he should read them, so let him choose his own good time.) Don't make a big exit. Just go. But kiss him quickly, before you go, otherwise he might think you are angry; he is used to suspecting he is doing something wrong.

Bachelorhood - a blessed state, unless you are old or middle-age

To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long

Let him go—if he doesn't love you anymore.

Other Great Marlene Dietrich Quotes

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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.

I do not think we have a "right" to happiness. If happiness happens, say thanks

A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms.

When you prostitute yourself, you have to get paid for it.

Chocolate and brandy
Chocolate and calvados
Chocolate and whiskey
Chocolate and anything resembling alcohol
All make a good soldier's breakfast.


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

Most rich people are pretty dull.

The power wealth gives is a dangerous power, especially in the hands of the wealthy
There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.
Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.

The certainty of the happy end is the magic of the tale

At the best of times gender is difficult to determine.

I need harmony around me more than food, drink, and sleep.

A dominating woman cannot be happy.

Variety is the spice of life only when it is not for its own sake.

The wishes of a mother for her child are few; they can be held in a baby's hand.

Shoes are more important than suits and dresses. Good shoes give elegance to your entire appearance. Buy one pair of good shoes instead of three pairs of bad quality.

Patience can become second nature, if taught early enough. One of those gifts to your children for which you will be hated first and loved later..

People who can nap are lucky. Don't disturb their napping just because you can't do the same.

Lucky is the ugly duckling. Keep that in mind and don't envy the pretty duckling. The dizzy pursuit of pleasure the pretty duckling succumbs to, does not tempt you constantly. You have time to think, to be alone, to be lonely, to read, to make friends, to help other people. You'll be a happy swan. Just wait and see.

Art for art’s sake, when one is young, is amusing. But after 40, one can no longer count on art to keep one warm.

Dark nail polish is vulgar

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

God had to come back. . . He had to reward those who had suffered in this war that He allowed to take place

Your daughter is your child for life

I am at heart a gentleman.

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'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.

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

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

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.


Sex is much better with a woman, but then one can`t live with a woman!

The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.


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

In Europe, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman - we make love with anyone we find attractive.

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

Nobody will tell you gossip if you don't listen.

I am not a myth.

When you're dead, you're dead. That's it. 

When your hair isn't done or when you had no time to wash it - grab that scarf and you'll be pretty and neat

Being in the depths of sadness is just as important an experience as being exuberantly happy.

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