Life Works Itself Out
• 1 • A LITTLE CLUMSINESS CAN BE CHARMING. Marilyn Monroe, American actress (1926–1962)
Marilyn Monroe, with her signature red lipstick and beauty mark, made quite an impression in the 1953 hit film Niagara. It was in this film that the so-called Monroe walk first appeared, in which Marilyn famously sashayed across the screen with her hips swaying drastically from side to side. This was, in fact, Marilyn’s own idea. She purposely unbalanced herself by making the heel of her right shoe about a quarter inch shorter than that of the left, forcing her to use her hips and waist in order to keep her balance.
People aren’t necessarily seeking perfection. Sometimes our faults and shortcomings make us more attractive.
QUOTES OF THE GREATS
“There are some people who only disgust with their abilities; and there are some people who please even with their faults.”
—FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRENCH ARISTOCRAT (1613–1680)
“There are defects so bound to fine qualities that they announce them, defects which it is well not to correct.”
—JOSEPH JOUBERT, FRENCH PHILOSOPHER (1754–1824)
“Clear water cannot harbor big fish.”
—BAN CHAO, CHINESE GENERAL (32–102 AD)