Top 50+ Mae West Quotes


Mae West was born on the 17th August 1893 and the American actress had a career in entertainment that lasted for seven decades. She worked as an actress, singer, writer for both screen and theatre, as well as being lauded as a sex symbol, despite battling against censorship. West started out in the Vaudeville scene, as well as in the New York theatre scene, eventually moving to Hollywood to pursue a film career.

She was very much controversial during her heyday in film, struggling against censorship, whilst trying to make light of it and use it to her advantage, wherever possible. Towards the end of her film career, she moved to write both plays and books, as well as performing in both the US and the UK. One of the iconic women in film was posthumously voted as the 12th greatest female screen legend in classic cinema.

Some of her most famous films including She Done Him Wrong, the first film featuring Cary Grant and effectively saving the film studio from bankruptcy, due to it being a massive hit. She went on to release other films with Cary Grant including I’m No Angel, perhaps the most successful film of her career.

1.Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before

2.It’s not the men in my life that count, it’s the life in my men

3.To err is human, but it feels divine

4.When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better

5Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often

6.Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache

7.I like restraint, if it doesn’t go too far

8.I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked

9.It is better to be looked over than overlooked

10.A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that’s subtraction

11.I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?

12.She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong

13.I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it

14.He who hesitates is a damned fool

15.Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution

16.A man’s kiss is his signature

17.It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you
don’t break any

18.Sex is emotion in motion

19.A hard man is good to find

20.A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him

21.You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough

22.I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported

23.I never loved another person the way I loved myself

24.Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain

25.When women go wrong, men go right after them

26.Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office

27.If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning

28.Keep a diary, and someday it’ll keep you

29.It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean

30.Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins

31.When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before

32.When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better

33.Too much of a good thing can be wonderful

34.It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it

35.He’s the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of

36.I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.

37.Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly

38.Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for

39.One and one is two, and two and two is four, and five will get you ten if
you know how to work it

40.Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art

41.Too much of a good thing can be taxing

42.An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises

43.I used to be Snow White, but I drifted

44.Whenever I’m caught between two evils, I take the one I’ve never tried

45.I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure

46.Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they’re doing and saying in films right now just shouldn’t be allowed. There’s no dignity anymore and I think that’s very important.

47Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired

49.The score never interested me, only the game

50.I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action

51.I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them

52.Look your best – who said love is blind?

53.I speak two languages, Body and English

54.I’ve been in more laps than a napkin

55.I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing

56.Personally, I like two types of men – domestic and foreign

57.Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided

58.Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from

59.Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring

60.Any time you got nothing to do – and lots of time to do it – come on up


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