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1901 - 1992; German-born American actress; author of "Marlene Dietrich's ABC"

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
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Femininity: Woman's greatest asset. Her own magnetic field into which the man is drawn.
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Arrogance: On some people it looks good.
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Forgiveness: Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
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Harmony: I need harmony around me more than food, drink, and sleep.
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Quotations: I love them because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully
expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than yourself.
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Manners: Good manners - know your place. Bad manners - meddle.
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White bread: I cringe every time I see a child eating a sandwich made out of American white
bread. Give them whole wheat or rye if you love them.
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Cavalier: A species that is dying out.
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Jeans: Sometimes I like entire towns or places just because I don't ever have to get out of my jeans.
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Vices: What other people have.
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I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
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Optimism: Have it. There is always time to cry later.
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Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.
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Habit: Often mistaken for love.
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Mother: More solid than the ground under your feet when you are little, more solid than rock
when you need to lean, harder than rock when the learning becomes a danger - when it's
time for you to walk alone.
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Tolerance: Teach it to your children. It is most important to the saving of their souls.
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Stupidity: The only defect with which I can lose my patience.
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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.
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Peace: Why does it elude us so frequently, when it is so sincerely desired?
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A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms.
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Gossip: Nobody will tell you gossip if you don't listen.
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Unmade bed: A man would rather come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to
a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
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Sex is much better with a woman, but then one can't live with a woman.
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Kisses: Don't waste them. But don't count them.
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Patience: 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.
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Negligence: Unforgivable.
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Jealousy: An uncontrollable passion, the Siamese twin of love.
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Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade.
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Xmas: An abbreviation which should be forbidden by the police.
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Tact: There are people who have a natural built-in tact of the heart. If you know one, treat
him gently; they are hard to come by. But tact can be taught; best when we are young, and
not by words but by example.
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Grumbling is the death of love.
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In Europe, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman - we make love with anyone we find
attractive.
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