Looking for a little excitement and a lot of tingle? Try our seven recommended raunchy reads to get you in the mood.
Roberto Bolaño summed it up very nicely when he said, “…books are finite; sex is finite, but the desire to read and to [email protected]*k is infinite!”
We all know that that is completely true, especially when you mix them together—that’s to say a really good book with plenty of hot and maybe erotic romance included!
As the winter nights draw in and the weather gets a little cooler, it seems that there are fewer reasons to go outside and more reasons to stay in and curl up with a good book. So, if you are bored sitting around and you’ve run out of things to entertain you, check out our seven raunchy reads—each one is full of hot romance and excitement that is sure to make you tingle.
1. Release Me by J Kenner (Erotic and Emotional)
Release Me is an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard ‘no’ and a fiery woman who says ‘yes’, but on her own terms, to an unforgettable indecent proposal.
This is a story filled with erotic encounters as the two main characters fall for each other, but each must admit to their troubled past. It’s a good story with lots of red hot raunchy passion. It stands alone as a good read, but there are others in the series if you want more.
2. Seven years to Sin by Silvia Day (Inevitable)
Seven Years to Sin is an historical novel that sets out to prove, without any doubt, that an alpha male and a willing woman confined together on an old sailing ship can discover all sorts of things about each other.
While you always suspect that this swashbuckling male and demure lady will get there in the end, it’s a time of chaperones and very proper behaviour—their relationship develops slowly until we see a full blown romance. Silvia Day is an accomplished author and a marvellous storyteller, with many great books to her name.
3. Possession is Nine-Tenths of Desire by Eve Atkins (Fast Moving Lust and Deception)
This modern tale of lust and love is spiked with jealousy and evil intentions that serve to keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the last page. Attractive, wealthy people are brought crashing down by their own egos, arrogance and petty jealousy.
An exciting story, with its share of lust and passion but with the suspense of a thriller all wrapped up in a love story—what else is there? Eve Atkins writes the erotic scenes with passion and integrity, but keeps the story moving.
4. This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Take me as I am)
It’s a very steamy read, but has a story line—after all, who knows what is happening up at the manor with Jesse until interior designer Ava discovers the truth.
It’s a tale of take me for what I am because I’m a good guy really or I can be if I try hard. Passion and deceit abound in this good romance, which is the first of a trilogy.
5. Erotic Vibrations by Jessica Lansdown (Far from Vanilla)
An exclusive club, champagne and erotic, mind-blowing sex—these are all kept private. The heroine Gabriella can’t help but play hard to get; she loves to tease, but Michael has other plans as he sets out to tempt her with his sublime and passionate seduction techniques. If you are into flirting and teasing, this short story is sure to get you thinking.
6. First Night by Lauren Blakely (No Escape)
The heroine is caught in a money trap, which means that she has to do things that she doesn’t want to do. Her world changes when she meets Clay. They have one night, which takes them both by surprise and, although she doesn’t want to get involved, she simply can’t help it. This is a really easy but electric read and is one of a series.
7. Only for You by Beth Kerry (History Repeats)
They are both involved in the film world, but he decided long ago that actresses are trouble, so he says that he will never date an actress. He lets his guard down once and thinks he gets away with it until fate throws them together once more and history repeats itself.
Great love scenes, plenty of emotion and a good story overall, which will keep you turning the pages. Beth Kerry is an accomplished author in this genre and has written many books on a first’s night theme.
These are just some of the steamy books to warm you this winter. We’d love to hear your recommendations though. Which books will be keeping you company on these chilly nights?
Most of us are familiar with the superhero characters in films. But they are just fantasy; people can’t really have superhuman powers, right? Check out our list and decide for yourself.
Who doesn’t secretly want a superpower? Imagine having some unique ability which nobody else can perform or do as astoundingly well as you, just like all the superheroes in the films. Well, you will be pleased to know that superhuman powers are not just for characters out of graphic novels and comics.
It would seem such powers are not as impossible as we might think.
#1 Bruce Lee – Speed and Co-ordination
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of” – Bruce Lee
The incredible feats of the late charismatic film star, Kung Fu master and philosopher Bruce Lee are legendary. As a martial artist his abilities are still to this day unrivalled; sorry Chuck Norris!
Although his lean muscular physique was extraordinary, he was still a relatively small man, standing a mere 5 feet 8 inches high and weighing only about 165 pounds. Yet despite this, he was somehow able to channel ferocious strength and power far exceeding his or any of his opponents’ size.
It wasn’t just about one finger push-ups either; he was also lightning fast with superhuman speed and co-ordination. Incidentally, it wasn’t just martial arts where he used his unique powers to beat people; he was also a champion Cha Cha dancer.
#2 Stephen Wiltshire MBE – Amazing Memory Artist
“My life in seven words… keep doing what I do best, drawing” – Stephen Wiltshire
If you have ever seen the Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman film ‘Rain Man’ you may be familiar with the extremely rare phenomena of ‘Autistic Savants’. Well, Stephen Wiltshire is one of these truly gifted individuals.
His amazing talent gives him the ability to draw perfectly accurate and visually stunning cityscapes from memory. In one instance, following a short helicopter flight in Hong Kong, he was able to draw a perfect 10 meter long drawing of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.
Although he didn’t learn to fully speak until aged 9, fittingly the first words he ever spoke were “paper and pencil.” Plus, his gifts are not limited to just fabulous drawings; he is also an extraordinary musician with perfect pitch who can recall complete works of opera from memory…
#3 Uri Geller – Mind over Matter / Mind Power
“I was about five years old when I was eating soup in our kitchen, and as I was lifting the spoon towards my mouth, it bent and broke in half” – Uri Geller
This enigmatic, and admittedly controversial showman, doesn’t just bend spoons and keys. It would seem he has other real life superhuman psychic skills.
Apparently, they came about as a small child when he saw a mysterious UFO object near his family home in Tel Aviv, and have stayed with him ever since. Not only can he perform ‘remote viewing’, but he can also fix broken objects such as watches and even make plant seeds spontaneously sprout at his command.
Interestingly these incredible skills have led him down many strange and intriguing paths including soldier, secret agent, and treasure hunter. Many have tried to debunk him, but to date no one has succeeded. So until they do I’ll leave it up to you to make up your own mind about the nature of his powers and what really makes this superhuman ‘tick’.
#4 Natalie Molchanova – Aqua girl
“…to slip beneath the surface and soar along the silent bottom of the sea agile and shining in water honeycombed with light.” – Ellen Meloy
If lucky, most normal healthy people can hold their breath and swim under water for a minute or two at most. But not Natalie Molchanova – the 22 times world champion Russian Free Diver. Not only can she stay under water for over 8 minutes she can also swim to depths of over 330 feet on a single breath, slow down her heartbeat and cool her core temperature.
Incredibly, she can dive just as deep as typical scuba diver, but of course enjoys much more freedom, much less heavy equipment, and a lot less noisy bubbles!
Basically this woman is part human, part mermaid but, and in my opinion; 100% superwoman.
#5 Derren Brown – Jedi Powers
Luke Skywaker : “I can’t believe it”
Yoda : “That is why you fail.”
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
If you think that the ‘Force’ is just a made up magic power for the light sabre welding Jedi knights in the Star Wars franchise, then you might just want to think again.
Derren Brown is an English mentalist and mind control expert who displays skills remarkably similar to the on screen mystical Jedi knights. Not only can he apparently read minds, hypnotize people from a distance, and perform impossible memory feats but he is also a master illusionist, escape artist and magician.
He is so confident in his abilities, he has even played Russian roulette live on television.
The ‘Force’ certainly seems to be with him. I just wonder what he would be like with a light sabre.
#6 Nina Kulagina – Soviet Psychokinesis
Back in the 1960’s some very strange Soviet film footage found its way into the West showing a middle aged woman apparently moving solid objects with just the power of her mind.
Now, obviously this was at the height of the cold war, so a degree of healthy skepticism needs to be maintained. But putting that aside, the footage seems genuine and it is attributed to being performed under laboratory controlled conditions.
Nina Kulagina apparently realized her psychic skills when she found objects would move around her when she was angry. She learnt to control this ability through meditation and discovered she was not just capable of moving inanimate objects, but live ones too.
I have no idea if she was the real thing, and perhaps we will never know for sure as she passed away over 20 years ago.
But one thing is for certain I wouldn’t have risked getting her angry!
#7 Wim Hof – The Iceman Cometh!
“I just ran a full marathon in the desert without drinking water. The entire time, my core temperature remained the same. The cold is a temperature; heat as well, so I have complete control of both.” – Wim Hof
Can you imagine running a marathon in a freezing cold Arctic winter or climbing Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro?
Me neither; but Wim Hof has done all three and what’s more – in just a T-shirt, shorts, and sandals! Impossible? Not for Wim Hof, it would seem he has mastered how to control his body’s ability to heat itself from within and become completely impervious to temperatures that would literally kill a normal person in minutes.
Oh and for fun he also swims in icy seas, sits in tubs of ice cubes (up to his neck), and has set 20 world records. Makes me shiver just thinking about him!
So there you have it, 7 examples of normal human beings with seemingly superhuman powers.
I truly believe we are all exceptional in our own way and we all have un-tapped powers and unique gifts and skills. The difficulty can be recognizing what they are and nurturing them correctly.
So, good luck in discovering your unique super powers; just don’t forget your costume!
Pretty much everyone needs some inspiration in their lives at some time or another. That’s why we have compiled a list of 6 of the best female motivators who might just give you the boost you need to transform your life for the better.
Everyone needs a bit of inspiration at some point in their lives. For some it’s to improve a flagging career stuck in the doldrums and going nowhere fast, for others it’s to find a better more intimate and meaningful relationship, or perhaps just a more balanced and harmonious life.
But whatever your reason for seeking that extra inspiration, we have compiled a list of the best female motivational speakers to help.
#1 Dani Johnson
If you’re having a big problem balancing your finances, can never seem to make ends meet, and are ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ every month just to keep your head above water, then this gifted trainer, coach and mentor may well be the motivator for you.
She went from living homeless and broke to being a millionaire at the age of just 23.
Not bad for someone whose parents were drug addicts, was pregnant at 17, and married a conman at 21 who stole all her money and left her destitute and in huge debt.
If anyone can focus you on turning things around, it should be this extraordinary survivor.
#2 Valerie Burton
If you are looking for a life boost then check out this much sought after life coach and motivational speaker.
This remarkable woman is not just a fantastic life coach and motivational speaker but also a best-selling author, founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute (CaPP), and former Miss Black Texas USA.
Burton is a bona fide specialist in the art of ‘Happiness’.
If you want to be happier and have a more fun filled purposeful life then why not give her a try to see if her special tips and techniques can make a big difference to your life.
#3 Fiona Harrold
Now here is a serious class A motivator.
From living in a squat in London to becoming a world renowned life coach and best-selling author of titles such as ‘The 10-minute Life Coach’ and ‘Indestructible Self Belief’ this self-help dynamo will have you raring to go in no time.
Harrold has a punchy delivery which is always on target and has helped many people turn their lives around.
If you’re looking to unlock your true potential, start the next phase of your life and make some serious changes, then perhaps this is the right place for you to start your journey.
#4 Christine Hassler
This gifted and glamorous lady’s life reads like a blockbuster.
She left a successful job as a Hollywood agent to pursue her passion of helping others.
Hassler is the author of the successful lifestyle guide books ’20 Something, 20 Everything’ and ‘The 20 Something Manifesto’ and is currently working on her third book which in her own words “is about leveraging disappointment at any age”.
She believes that we are all capable of finding our life’s passion and ‘making an impact on the world’.
She thinks about how to answer life’s big questions while providing practical guidance. Her life coaching work has a counselling emphasis.
#5 Laurel House
This bubbly blonde bombshell is all about ‘fitness, food, fashion, life…on a Time and Money Budget’.
She has contributed to heaps of great magazines including ‘Woman’s Health’ and ‘Fit Magazine’ and you can also check her out on her YouTube channel ‘QuickieChick’.
One of her key topics she likes to talk about and explore is dating and new relationships, she has even been called the ‘Man Whisperer’.
So if you are looking for the perfect guy then I’d suggest you check out her ‘Dating Power Tool’ tips without delay.
#6 Hannah Brencher
Hannah Brencher is a self-styled ‘writer, speaker, and creative’ and founder of MoreLoveLetters.com, a global love letter writing organization.
Brencher is not only quirky and clever but she has a huge heart of gold.
What is great about her is the way she understands and empathizes with people and how difficult life can be, but is also funny and ever so slightly vulnerable.
It was possibly this combination that won her the 2013 Kindness Challenge, and makes her such a compassionate and wise old young person.
If you are looking for some down to earth common sense and timeless values then this is your gal.
Whatever your motivation for change, it’s not always an easy path. The most important thing is that we believe in ourselves and remember it’s never too late to change! Hopefully one or more of these wonderful women will be there to help and guide you along the way.
Sadly, this August Robin Williams left the world of mere mortals. His legacy lives on though and there are many things we can learn from the man and his life.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when you don’t find answers in your immediate surroundings you start looking for them elsewhere. You might find them in a book or a movie, in a blog or in a speech given by someone.
This is why some famous people are held so dear in people’s heart – they have enlightened them by sharing their own life lessons, or brightened their days with humor. Robin Williams was one such man – he acted many characters that were either wise or funny and he also shared his own jokes and wisdom with the world. Below you will find some things we can all learn from Robin Williams; from his life, his words and his characters’ words.
Living for Your Passion – the Oscar Speech
In his Oscar speech Williams famously said: “Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.’ Personally I wish my father would have said something similar when I said I was becoming an actor, rather than mentioning the number of homeless people living in Los Angeles.”
There’s a lot of wisdom in Williams’ father’s words: it’s important to let your kids follow their passion, but in such a way that they also have an underlying structure supporting them. How will you support yourself when you first start out as an actor? What other job can you work simultaneously that you actually love? Most people in Hollywood end up sad bartenders, but with a bit of preparation you could do something you love whilst building your career as an actor, or whatever it is you want to do.
The bottom line is that the world would be a very different place if parents decided to help their children achieve their goals and avoid the pitfalls, rather than deciding for them what career path they should take.
Following Your Heart – Dead Poets Society
Williams’ movie Dead Poets Society, not unlike his Oscar speech, discusses what it is like to follow your dreams whilst living from the heart. Not surprisingly many a dreamer and teenager about to make a decision about their career path started quoting the movie time and time again.
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”
“Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go [imitating a goat] ‘that’s baaaaad.’ Robert Frost said ‘Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’ ”
“Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
Fear and Experience – Good Will Hunting
Everyone has a dream, but many fear exploring it as they are scared of failure, or scared of having something to lose should they achieve their dream. Instead they talk themselves out of following their dreams using seemingly relevant arguments, including one where they convince themselves the dream is good enough for them. Better live with a dream you can constantly dream, than lose it when trying to achieve it in real life.
Nothing can substitute experience though and you have to learn to live with the blows life gives you, whilst also following your heart; sharing of yourself with the world.
“You’ll never have that kind of relationship in a world where you’re afraid to take the first step because all you see is every negative thing 10 miles down the road.”
“So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. […] You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a sh*t about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some fuckin’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in.”
A Good Laugh is the Best Medicine – Stand Up
If you don’t like the government, make fun of it.
“When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, ‘Can I use a lifeline?’“
“Having George W. Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn’t work!”
If you think there is a problem people should think about, make them laugh about it.
“The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’”
Going through rough times? Find the humor in it and know that this too shall pass. Whatever you do, in fact, just crack a joke – it will make it that much easier to deal with, so long as you also look at and face the problem underneath.
“Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”
Williams suffered from both depression and addiction – first to cocaine and then to alcohol. Potentially he was also addicted to hiding behind a veneer of humor. Humor can add a golden rim to life and should always be remembered, even in the worst of times, but it isn’t, nor never should be, a tactic to avoid dealing with fears or problems. If you fear rejection and crack jokes to overcome your fear when around people or if you think life is hard and hide away from it, whether by constantly joking, or losing yourself in anything from food to exercise, it’s not great for your mental health.
Not unlike cake humor should be there as a celebration; as a way of adding something nice to the day, not as an escape. There’s a reason Williams took his own life and we must all make sure we deal with our problems before they reach that stage, no matter how hard it is, or how uncomfortable it makes us. That’s not to say that we can’t honor him for his great sense of humor and his fantastic jokes – he was an excellent stand-up comedian!
“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”
“If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”
“We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.”
The Road Less Traveled – What We Can Learn from Williams Himself
Not unlike the theme in Dead Poets Society, Williams believed in walking your own path and learning from your mistakes and your individuality, rather than fearing them.
“And there is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.”
“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Williams also gave a lot to charity and set up his own foundation, which is something we can all do with remembering too: there is no greater joy in this life than giving of our love, time and effort to others and receiving the same in return.
Have a quote from Williams you love that wasn’t in this article? Post it in the comments!
Kids go with the flow and believe that anything is possible. So, who better to turn to for advice than a child? They can give you the best life advice ever!
You are likely wondering how an adult can follow advice from a child. Think about it though: children are happy because they do not complicate things.
They just go with the flow and think anything can happen. Do you remember when you were a kid? Yeah, me too. It was a relaxing life with no real responsibilities.
I’m not telling you to go crazy and become reckless in life because you have responsibilities now. I’m talking about doing what you really love and taking risks when you like someone.
You don’t need to read a lot of crazy tips and advice to tell someone that you like them—and you don’t necessarily need to have a job you love.
The reality is that some people don’t know what they love or never have the opportunity to find that dream job. If you love something, you do it for the sake of it. These 10 kids have the best life advice ever, and we can all learn from them!
1. “Be a geek, rapper, rocker or whatever you want.” – Lauren (9)
You behave differently at work compared to when you are alone or with friends. This means that you can stop making excuses to be yourself.
Wear the clothes that you like—you are not hurting anyone if you do so. I love when people are themselves. You only got one life and it is short.
2. “Eat some candy or dessert.” – Eileen (8)
Who doesn’t love candy? We know that sugar isn’t healthy, but still we love desserts and candy—and kids love ice cream and cereal. They don’t put limits on their diet.
So, go ahead and eat something delicious or that you love rather than deprive yourself. The keyword is ‘moderation’. I eat what I like, but I don’t (usually) go overboard.
3. “Want something? Go get it.” – Nayeli (8)
This is really a great advice. Sometimes, we want something that is expensive or hard to obtain, but there is always a way to get it without having to do something immoral or illegal.
If it is expensive, save money or make sacrifices. As Shakira says, try everything.
4. “Be a superhero when you grow up.” – Joseph (7)
I know: it sounds funny, but this advice is good. Never let go of your imagination. Kids believe they can do and be anything they want. You don’t know when your ingenuity or imagination can change your life for the better.
5. “I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” – Manuel (8)
Love isn’t supposed to be painful; love doesn’t hurt. Rejection, loneliness, waiting, forgetting and losing someone hurts. If a relationship is making you suffer, think twice about it.
You need to love yourself first, so you can love another person. Sometimes, this doesn’t happen, but you really need to love yourself.
6. “It isn’t always how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything, and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” – Bryan (7)
Kids are so funny and spontaneous. If you are looking for perfection, it is not necessary. Be like this kid and believe that you are gorgeous. It is about confidence.
You can always look better, but do it because you really want it—not for other people or their approval. We know that looks are important, but personality is far more important.
7. “Keep asking ‘why’ until you understand it.” – Michael (10)
Never be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something. As Michael says, keep going until you do understand. Seven is the magic number: keep asking “why” and you’ll finally reach your answer by the seventh question.
There’s no shame in not knowing something, and while ignorance may be bliss, it’s not attractive.
8. “If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.” – Naomi (13)
This is a good way to get what you want from other people. Of course, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It depends on your skills of persuasion and how difficult the person you are trying to convince is.
9. “Sometimes you just need to take a nap and get over it.” – Maura (8)
This is a good quote to remind us that we have limits and need to take a break sometimes. Of course, some problems are not easy to forget, but maybe a nap can help you feel better.
One thing that I find helpful is crying. It makes me feel like I’m getting rid of all the bad things.
10. “Want some money? Don’t spend it on junk.” – Tom (8)
He may be young, but he certainly knows what he’s talking about. If you want to save money, don’t spend it on unnecessary items that are just going to collect dust, break or be thrown out soon—even if they’re on sale or a bargain that you just can’t refuse.
Remember: that one-time small purchase soon adds up when you make four or five of these in a day.
I love the simplicity of children’s outlook in life. While some of the things they say can be amusing, there’s a lot of truth in what they say, too, and you definitely don’t have to search too hard to see their wisdom.
It may be unconventional, but the advice of children is among the best you can get. Do you agree? What’s some of the best advice you’ve heard from a child?
All good wit has an element of wisdom to it, and there is nothing as sharp as a woman’s wit. The following quotes will make you laugh and provide you with some good advice.
From Mae West to Dorothy Parker, there is bound to be a quip here that will make you chuckle and maybe take a step back and look at life from a different perspective.
#1: Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present. – Mae West
This can be taken in a number of ways.
The most obvious is that women like gifts, but I like to think that it also refers to a man being ’present’ when he is in the company of a woman.
Instead of his mind being elsewhere he is totally and utterly enthralled by his female companion’s presence, providing her with his full attention.
#2: I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde. – Dolly Parton
Good old Dolly Parton.
This blonde superwoman forged the most successful singing/songwriting (and acting) career based on her incredible talent and amazing looks. But Dolly is no fool.
She has used her assets to get the life she wanted, it’s all about enhancing what you have, showing your best side and being smart.
#3: I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. – Rita Rudner
Let’s face it, even the greatest of marriages go through its ups and downs. It’s all part of life.
In any relationship there are going to be times when you annoy the hell out of each other, but this should be balanced by the times you know you are supported and loved by your partner.
And at the end of the day, in a healthy relationship, you should feel loved all of the time.
#4: I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. – Mae West
This is a funny quote but also quite perceptive. We all lose our innocence somewhere along the line and I am not just referring to physical chastity.
Yet even with innocence lost we are still the same person underneath as we always have been.
Just because we have lost our innocence and wised up to the world, it doesn’t mean we should lose our curiosity and wonder of life because this is what makes us sparkle.
#5: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. – Dorothy Parker
A great follow on from the previous post. There is no cure for curiosity, but this is what keeps our minds alive and active and forever young.
We never stop learning in life and it’s impossible to know everything, and what a wonderful thing this is… to always be learning and gaining new insights.
#6: Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself. – Roseanne; American Actress and Comedian
Although this is a funny line, it actually has some sense to it. Sometimes we have to let off steam and tell it like it is.
We cannot keep all our emotions bottled up and it is very important that we give ourselves ’me time’ when needed. It is also important and vital to our wellbeing that we are honest not only to others but to ourselves.
If at any time we are feeling like we are not being true to ourselves, then this is when we know we are not on the right path.
#7: In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. – Margaret Thatcher
Love her or hate her, one thing is for sure, Margaret Thatcher was certainly someone who got things done. If she said she was going to do something, she didn’t waste her time; she went straight ahead and did it.
Women have long been the caregivers and homemakers and this may be why woman can appear to be more proactive in getting things done rather than just talking about it.
After all, when you are bringing up a family, caring for others, working, and running a home, one has to act first and talk later.
#8: That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say No in any of them. – Dorothy Parker
Ouch. I feel sorry for the woman who this barbed comment was directed at, but it does hold some good advice for the rest of us. We must know when to say ’no’ and respect our boundaries.
Sometimes we can unwittingly act like people pleasers so it is important to know when the line has been crossed so that we don’t end up like doormats.
#9: The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby. – Natalie Wood
A lot of people fall into the trap of trying to change a person once they are in a relationship with them.
But you should never try and change someone, you can certainly help people if they have an addiction or other destructive habit or condition, but never change who they are as a person.
For a start you cannot change a person, it is up to them. And secondly, why would you want to be with someone that you want to change?
#10: A woman never forgets her age once she decides what it is. – Anon
We can all be a bit cagey about our age once we pass a certain landmark. But we should not be so fearful of ageing.
It is a natural process which is not afforded to those who die young. To have the opportunity to age and grow older is a gift which we should cherish.
At the end of the day, age is just a number.
#11: Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. – Mae West
Another great quote from the ultimate Blonde Bombshell. All women have curves of some shape or form, regardless of their body shape, it’s what makes is women.
It is wonderful that Mae West celebrates the female form in this way and this quote conjures up the image of allure and mystery which all women hold.
#12: I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. – Diane Ackerman
This is a great quote to live by.
We only get one crack at life so we should make sure we explore it wholly and fully and that we appreciate every single moment. A life half lived is a waste of this wonderful gift.
Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous movie icons and sex symbols that the world has ever seen. She was also just a girl in pursuit of love and happiness. This is a collection of the most inspirational Marilyn Monroe quotes.
With her legendary hourglass figure, signature beauty mark on her cheek and blonde bombshell hairstyle, Marilyn Monroe successfully carried off a heady mix of pure platinum Hollywood glamor with an almost childlike vulnerability. These were the qualities which made her loved and adored by millions across the globe.
But Marilyn was no fool and although her life was relatively short and tragic, she remains an inspiration to this day.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
Marilyn had her fair share of all of the above in her relatively short but remarkable life and to say that Marilyn’s upbringing was troublesome would be an understatement. According to her birth certificate, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson to Gladys Pearl Baker and Martin Edward Mortenson on June 1, 1926. Marilyn always denied that Mortensen (who had left before she was born) was her biological father and stated that she never knew her real father.
Sadly, due to her mother’s unstable mental and financial condition Marilyn was to be brought up by a plethora of foster parents and guardians.
In her formative years Marilyn was moved from pillar to post and later subject to abuse. Some believe that her personal troubles in later life stemmed from unresolved issues from her childhood, and her vulnerability and insecurities were no doubt buoyed on from a lack of stability and love from an early age.
Even her first marriage to local boy James Dougherty at the age of 16 was arranged. Her guardians at the time were relocating and decided they did not want to take Marilyn with them, to save her having to go back into an orphanage Marilyn was wed to Dougherty, her High School sweetheart.
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, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
This is Marilyn wearing her heart on her sleeve. She is not making excuses for her behavior, but she is acknowledging who she is, warts n all. She is admitting that she is vulnerable and makes mistakes just like everyone else, and if you cannot handle her bad points, then you don’t deserve her good points either. I think this is a good rule of thumb for every woman. We don’t have to strive to be an image of someone else’s perfection, and in fact it is our imperfections and vulnerability which make us beautiful.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Many things fell apart for Marilyn, despite being an enormous success and an iconic sex symbol and famous movie star, her personal life was far from perfect. She was married three times in her life firstly to James Dougherty, then to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.
Unfortunately none of her marriages were to last and with Miller she suffered two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy. This statement is a sign of Marilyn trusting in the universe that at the end of the day, things would fall together and be okay. Marilyn was a great optimist and loved life, and no matter what happened, she got back up and carried on.
I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”
Wise words from the little girl named Norma who nobody wanted who was transformed into the movie icon called Marilyn who everyone wanted a piece of.
Marilyn knew far too well her own shortcomings, and was probably quite hard on herself; however she was just a small girl looking for love in a tinsel town make-believe world where nothing was as it first appeared. Marilyn recognized and learned from an early age that no man (or woman) is an island, we all need love.
We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
Many of us don’t do the things we want to do because we don’t think we are worthy or we live in fear of what may or may not happen. That ’one day in the future’ where we plan to do something comes and goes and before we know it we missed the opportunity. Marilyn knew only too well that life is too short for regrets or being afraid.
If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”
Marilyn was certainly a rule breaker and at one time or another we all need to break some rules or ‘break the mold’ to enable us to be who we truly are rather than being tied down by convention or societal norms. Marilyn knew she had to break some rules and conventions to get where she wanted to be in life.
I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”
During her film career Marilyn made 29 films and although her early film appearances were minor, it was her performances in films such as The Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve and then a lead in the 1953 film Niagara which drew attention.
In later films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955) Marilyn’s roles were typecast as a ditzy blonde and Marilyn was keen to break out of this stereotype. It would appear that the ideal of who Marilyn was in her public life, also bled into her private life and she was often found lamenting about the fact that men often saw her as something she was not.
She also did not like the way she was treated by Hollywood who she believed treated her like a piece of property rather than a human being.
Her later performances in films such as The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), won her some critical acclaim and she received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).
But Monroe was not to achieve the critical acclaim she sought until her last completed film The Misfits. And much of this would be posthumously.
The Misfits co-starred Clark Gable and the screenplay was written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller. Unfortunately the film took its toll on almost everyone involved, with Marilyn frequently too ill to perform. It was also to be Clark Gable’s last film as he suffered a heart attack shortly thereafter.
Many people feel that the character Monroe played in this film was as close as you got to the real Marilyn.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
In addition to her stunning beauty Monroe had an impressive IQ and scored 33 points higher than the national average at the time. She also loved to read and learn new things. However the stereotype of being a dumb blonde that she portrayed in some of her movies never really left her during her lifetime.
Fortunately Marilyn had learned to adapt from a young age and used her femininity and sex appeal as her tools to get ahead in life at a time when it was still very much a man’s world.
This quote is not a statement of misandry, but a call for women to stand up for themselves and shoot for the stars.
To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”
Much has been made of Marilyn’s hourglass figure and there has been plenty of speculation about her true dress size with many variants from a size 12 to a size 16. Since the 1950’s dress sizes have changed and there is no doubt that Marilyn’s figure was anything but average, now or then.
The fact of the matter is that Marilyn had oodles of sex appeal that she could literally turn on and off at the flick of a switch. She would often say that people didn’t recognize her in public unless she switched ‘Marilyn’ on. With this quote she is saying anyone can be beautiful, don’t let society tell you who you should be or what size, it’s all about being healthy and happy. It’s about being you.
I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.”
It is a tragedy that Marilyn never got to know her older self. But I think in a way, she was one of the few people who really did understand herself. Marilyn was a warrior with a beautiful spirit on a seemingly endless search for love. She will always be cherished and remembered as one of the most beautiful women who ever graced the silver screen. She was a star the likes of which will never be seen again.
Unfortunately her final years had been dogged by illness and personal problems which she dulled by abusing alcohol and sleeping pills.
On August 5 1962, 36 year old Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, California from an overdose of barbiturates. Monroe’s death was marked “probable suicide” and the case closed but even to this day has been the subject of much conjecture.
The irony is that Marilyn was consumed by the world which adored her. You could say that love killed Marilyn Monroe.
Whatever was the true cause of her death, one thing is for sure, a shining light went out in the world on the day she passed away.
I leave you with the words of the blonde bombshell herself.
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”