Saving Abel Inspired by Marilyn

US rockers Saving Abel‘s recent single, ‘Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)’ was inspired by Marilyn:

“As we were in the studio, I was reading some quotes from Marilyn Monroe, which I do give her credit for because she’s awesome and I’m one of her biggest fans. But she said once that ‘A wise girl always kisses before she’s kissed, leaves before she’s left, and forgets before she’s forgotten.’ Which if you kind of think about Marilyn that nails her — nail on the head. If you actually listen to the song, it actually says you’re not a stupid girl. So it’s basically a story about Marilyn Monroe and pretty much the Hollywood vibe.”

Jared Weeks, Point Music News

The quote, often attributed to Marilyn, goes like this:

“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to trace where this quote came from, and this makes me wonder if Marilyn ever really said it. If she did, it is likely that it was said with a huge dose of irony, as Marilyn was rarely that calculating in love.

However, if Marilyn didn’t say it, then this quote doesn’t represent her at all. If anyone knows where the quote originates, please do leave a comment here.

There are several other unsourced quotes floating around the internet. Here are a few:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so eventually you trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“I am good, but I am no angel. I sin, but I am not the Devil. I am pretty, but I am not beautiful. I have friends but I am not the peacemaker. I am just a small girl in a big world, trying to find someone to love.”

“Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Marilyn’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame makes an appearance on the ‘Stupid Girl’ video. Here are the lyrics:

“When the lights hit your eyes at night
You’re hypnotized
Don’t be a fool for the wolves in disguise
You’re not a stupid girl
The grammar in your head is playing dead
Sugar-tongue rolling off your lips whispering
You’re not a stupid girl

Cause your climbing up the list
Pretty little, box office hit and miss

You always kiss before you’re kissed
You always wanna leave before you’re left
You’re never gonna be the same
Cause you’re flirting with fame in the city of angels
They’re calling your name
Only in Hollywood

I’m sorry for all the clouds in your life
You always were the kind who loved the rainy nights
You’re not a stupid girl
I think you only want, what you think you can’t have
You lie so much
You believe yourself
You’re not a stupid girl”

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