Mae West (born 17 August 1893, Brooklyn, New York, United States – died 22 November 1980, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol. She was known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence.
23 Mae West Quotes on Men and Women There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out. Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men. When women go wrong, men go right after them. Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else. A man’s kiss is his signature. A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him. Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring. Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from. A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up. Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present. Women are like roads. The more curves they have, the more dangerous they are. Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes. I see you’re a man with ideals. I better be going before you’ve still got them. Women with pasts interest men because they hope history will repeat itself. He’s the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of. A hard man is good to find. Men are like linoleum floors. Lay 'em right and you can walk all over them for years. I’ve no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who’d do up the zipper on the back of your dress? Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up. I like a man who’s good, but not too good – for the good die young, and I hate a dead one. I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men? A man in the house is worth two in the street. 16 Mae West Quotes on Love, Sex, and Dating Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand. Sex is an emotion in motion. I consider sex a misdemeanor, the more I miss, de meaner I get. 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? Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache. The best way to hold a man is in your arms. A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love. Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art. All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else. Don’t cry for a man who’s left you – the next one may fall for your smile. I never loved another person the way I loved myself. Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain. Love is like a booger, you pick and pick at it. Then when you get it you wonder how to get rid of it. Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one. Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution. 29 Most Inspirational Mae West Quotes about Life You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better. I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it. I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Your real security is yourself. You know you can do it, and they can’t ever take that away from you. One and one is two, and two and two is four, and five will get you ten if you know how to work it. Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success. I freely chose the kind of life I led because I was convinced that a woman has as much right as a man to live the way she does if she does no actual harm to society. I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked. Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office. You are never too old to become younger! It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any. Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you. Everyone has the right to run his own life- even if you’re heading for a crash. What I’m against is blind flying. Everything’s in the mind. That’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. To err is human, but it feels divine. I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing. It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean. The score never interested me, only the game. I only read biographies, metaphysics and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction. I speak two languages, Body and English. Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action. No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most. Flattery will get you everywhere. Brains are an asset, if you hide them.