Quotation capturing the essence of the digital age

 

    “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”
marilyn monroe reading james joyce ulysses

Marilyn reading the best book ever written

This quotation is often attributed to Marilyn Monroe but that seems to be a typical web copycat quote error. Marilyn was pretty articulate and said plenty of interesting things but nobody seems to have a source for this. It derives from a longer quote:

    “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 that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

I like the last line because it captures how, when established institutions and practices fall apart due to the disintermediation made possible by the internet, new opportunities emerge in the gaps between the crumbling edifices.

marilyn-monroe actress

Marilyn thinking about Ulysses

 

3 comments so far

  1. […] my last post I included this photo by Eve Arnold, shot in Long Island in 1955. If you’re wondering whether […]

  2. Hugh Mason on

    I am intrigued that Marilyn appears to be reading the blank pages at the end of Ulysses.

  3. ArkAngel on

    She’s reading Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, oh Yes Yes Yes! she is


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