78 Great Quotes By Mae West, Hollywood’s Wittiest Sex Goddess
Mary Jane West, popularly known as Mae West, was an American singer, playwright, screenwriter, actress and comedian who went on to become a glamour icon and remains one of the most talked about Hollywood personalities to this day. She had shown a special gift towards the performing arts right from the time that she was a child. West emerged as a big star in the vaudeville circuit and was particularly famous for her wit which was often spiced with a lot of double entendres. Her wit made her a hugely popular star in depression-era audience but at the same time it proved to be controversial and also attracted calls for censorship from certain quarters. West had a career that lasted for around 70 years during the course of which she became a Hollywood star as well as a writer for various radio and television shows. Her contributions to American cinema were recognized by the American Film Institute when she was included in the list of the greatest female stars in American cinema. West is considered to be the wittiest sex goddess and forthright women of her era. Many things she said or wrote have become quite famous as her quotes and thoughts and are quoted extensively. Her thoughts and quotations tackled the most serious and sensitive topics in the wittiest way. Here is a treasure trove of great quotes from Mae West’s life and work.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. There are no good girls gone wrong - just bad girls found out. I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it. Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from. I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. I'm single because I was born that way. I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing. Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes. Don't cry for a man who's left you--the next one may fall for your smile. A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up. It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men. Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution. All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else. Sex is an emotion in motion. Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! It is better to be looked over than overlooked. I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. Don't keep a man guessing too long - he's sure to find the answer somewhere else Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly. Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present. Love thy neighbor -- and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier. Look your best - who said love is blind? You are never too old to become younger! His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork. A woman in love can't be reasonable--or she probably wouldn't be in love. Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? To err is human - but it feels divine. I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them. Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I'd have to give it up. Good women are no fun... The only good woman I can recall in history was Betsy Ross. And all she ever made was a flag. The curve is more powerful than the sword. Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache. Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one. When women go wrong, men go right after them. I never loved another person the way I loved myself. Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you. I've been things and seen places. JUDGE: Are you trying to show contempt for this court?
MAE WEST: I was doin' my best to hide it. The score never interested me, only the game. She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong. Women with pasts interest men because they hope history will repeat itself. I only read biographies, metaphysics and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction. I'm a woman of very few words, but lots of action. An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. Everyone has the right to run his own life- even if you're heading for a crash. What I'm against is blind flying. A man’s kiss is his signature. Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art. No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most. I see you're a man with ideals. I better be going before you've still got them. I've been in more laps than a napkin. It's all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he's perfect. Don't marry a man to reform him - that's what reform schools are for. The best way to hold a man is in your arms. You may admire a girl's curves on the first introduction, but the second meeting shows up new angles. It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it. Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!' 'Goodness had nothing to do with it'. I didn't discover curves; I only uncovered them. A hard man is good to find. Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired. Goodness had nothing to do with it. Men are all alike - except the one you've met who's different. I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported. You can do what you want, but saving love doesn't bring any interest.
A man in the house is worth two on the street.
Woman: You certainly know the way to a man's heart.
Mae West: Funny, too, 'cause I don't know how to cook.
Brains are an asset, if you hide them.
When in doubt, take a bath...
What's the good of resisting temptation? There'll always be more.
A me piacciono solo due tipi di uomini: gli stranieri e quelli del mio Paese. Sex with love is the greatest thing in life. But sex without love — that's not so bad either.