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Discuss: Love Lessons Not Learned On Pinterest

So I share a group Pinterest board called “Things I HATE About Pinterest” with my web designer and friend Sarah.  Because while I enjoy spending a lazy Saturday morning pinning fashion photos and recipes on the online inspiration board, sometimes, the things people post make me wonder what-in-the-name-of-all-things-holy they were thinking.  Here is one such pin:


Now, I am no expert on love or the inner workings of the human heart or how to find the perfect life partner , but even I can see that this particular photo should not be featured as an “Inspirational Love Quote.”

First off, this quote isn’t from Marilyn Monroe.  Sites like brainyquote, Good Reads and others keep attributing it to her, but a slightly deeper search revealed a few sites dedicated solely to Marilyn quotes that claim this one is a fake.  But even if it was her…let’s consider the “source.”

While there is much to respect and appreciate about Marilyn Monroe, her love life is not something that anyone should want to emulate.  Perpetually used by men both wealthy and powerful, the lady is widely rumored to have been the “other woman” in both JFK and RFK’s marriages.  She was also married and divorced three times before her 35th birthday.  I would sooner take relationship advice from Bella Swan than I would from Marilyn, and Bella’s fictional…and her true love wants to drink her blood.

So let’s rewrite this quote with a dash of girl power, shall we?

“A wise girl doesn’t stay romantically involved with a man she doesn’t feel safe enough to love, can’t believe and knows will eventually leave her.  She dumps the jackass, brushes the dirt off her shoulder and goes looking for a man who she can love fully and trust without question, who will stick with her through thick and thin. That’s what makes her wise.”

Not as quippy, but a much better example to follow.  Too bad it won’t fit neatly on a photo of a woman spinning like a nun on a mountain top.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go pin pictures of scrumptious desserts and stilettos.

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  1. Chelsea says:

    Correction: ONE of the other women in JFK & RFK’s marriages.

    September 6, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:


      September 6, 2013/Reply
  2. SG says:

    Love your rewriting of the quote.

    September 6, 2013/Reply
  3. s says:

    haha, LOVE this rewrite. have a good weekend belle!

    September 6, 2013/Reply
  4. Vanessa F says:

    Loved this! I think one of your posts might be where I discovered the “Pinterest, You Are drunk” blog. Too bad it hasn’t been updated in forever.

    September 6, 2013/Reply
  5. GoGoGo says:

    Oh man, Pinterest, you are so full of problematic shit like this and yet I just can’t quit you…

    September 6, 2013/Reply
  6. Lauren says:

    I like your version. I wish it was that simple…why does it take YEARS to figure it out sometimes?

    September 6, 2013/Reply
  7. CSJ says:

    “I would sooner take relationship advice from Bella Swan.” LOL

    September 7, 2013/Reply
  8. Megan says:

    The only worse quote that is (probably falsely” attributed to Marilyn Monroe is that one that starts, “I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure.” Absolutely every woman I know who’s a horrible immature brat has it on her Facebook profile, and all you’re REALLY saying is, “Look, I’m a crazy bitch, but I think you should put up with it anyway because I’m also really arrogant.”

    September 9, 2013/Reply