Famous Mae West Quotes on Living Life The Way You Want

These Mae West quotes perfectly sums up her views on relationships and the importance of living a full life. For West, it wasn’t about finding the perfect man, but rather finding a man who was willing to live life to the fullest. This philosophy helped her to maintain many relationships over the course of her life, and also allowed her to enjoy a successful career in Hollywood.

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  • Mae West Short Biography
  • Mae West Quotes About Men
  • Mae West Quotes About Love
  • Mae West Quotes On Self-care and Marriages

Who was Mae West?

Mae West was an American actress, singer, and playwright. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 17, 1893. West began her career as a vaudeville performer in the early 1900s. 

She made her Broadway debut in 1911. West became famous for her bawdy sense of humor and risque stage performances. She starred in a number of successful Broadway plays in the 1920s and 1930s. West also appeared in a number of films, including She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I’m No Angel (1933).

West was arrested several times for her risque behavior. She was convicted of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct in 1927. West served 10 days in jail. She was arrested again in 1932 for public indecency. West was fined $500 and sentenced to 10 days in jail. She was released after serving 8 days. West died of a heart attack on November 22, 1980, in Hollywood, California. She was 87 years old.

Mae West Quotes

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  1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

2. “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.”

 3. “Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.”

4. “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”

5. “Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present.”

6. “There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.”

7. “When in doubt take a bath”

8. “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”

9. “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.”

10. “Good sex is like good bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.”

11. “Women are like roads. The more curves they have, the more dangerous they are.”

12. “Don’t keep a man guessing too long—he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.”

Mae West Quotes About Men

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13.  “Everything’s in the mind—that’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.”

14. “When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.”

15. “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”

16. “Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else”

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

18. “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

19. “Brains are an asset, if you hide them.”

20. “A man has more character in his face at forty than at twenty – he has suffered longer.”

21. “Never ask a man where he has been.”

22. “Never mind about the six feet. Let’s talk about the seven inches.”

23. “For a long time I was ashamed of the way I lived. Did I reform, you ask? No. I’m not ashamed anymore.”

24. “A good man is hard to find — but you’ll mostly find him asleep.”

25. “Women are as old as they feel and men are old when they lose their feelings.”

Mae West Quotes About Love

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26. “Love is what you make it and who you make it with.”

27. “A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.”

28. “Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art.”

29. “All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.”

30. “Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.”

31. “I never loved another person the way I loved myself.”

32. “It’s easy to get married, but hard to stay that way.”

33. “You can do what you want, but saving love doesn’t bring any interest.”

34. “Sex with love is the greatest thing in life. But sex without love — that’s not so bad either.”

35. “Sex with love is the greatest thing in life. But sex without love—that’s not so bad either.”

36. “Love thy neighbor—and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.”

37. “You may think you’re in love when the passions of sex get hold of you, but if you didn’t love the man before, you won’t love him after. Like him, maybe, but not love him.”

38. “Brains are an asset to the woman in love who’s smart enough to hide ’em.”

Mae West Quotes On Self-care and Marriage

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39.  “Your real security is yourself. You know you can do it, and they can’t ever take that away from you.”

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

41. “Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.”

42. You are never too old to become younger!”

43. “There are no good girls gone wrong—just bad girls found out.”

44. “I like a man who takes his time.”

45. “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.”

46. “I’m no angel, but I’ve spread my wings a bit.”

47. “Marriage? I ain’t got time for a husband or child. All my life I’ve looked after myself as if I was my own child.”

48. “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”

49. “Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”

50. “It’s not what you can do, but the way you do it that counts.”

51. “I believe that one day, the world will judge the witch hunt against homosexuals just as harshly as it judges the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.”

Mae West Quotes About Dating

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

53. “How tall are you, big boy? Six foot nine inches! Let’s go up to my place and talk about the nine inches!”

54. “Don’t forget, honey. Never let one man worry your mind. Find ’em, fool ’em, and forget ’em.”

55. “Men are my hobby. If I ever got married, I’d have to give it up.” – Mae West

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

57. “I like a man who’s good, but not too good—for the good die young, and I hate a dead one.”

58.  “I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss. I’ve always found time to teach them.”

59. “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.”

60. “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.”

61. “Well, the end of another busy day. I can’t wait till I get back to bed. If that doesn’t work I’ll try to sleep.”

62. “No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most.”

Mae West was a very strong and opinionated woman who never put up with any BS. Her quotes are timeless and a great reminder that we all have the right to be ourselves and not to be judged for it. Of course, we don’t always have to be blunt like Mae. We can choose our own style but still learn more from Mae West quotes.

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