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Marilyn Monroe

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For life: It is rather a determination not to be overwhelmed. For work: The truth can only be recalled, never invented.
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As quoted in Marilyn's personal diaries. Fragments, by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment (2010)

 
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