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Quotes of the day: Mae West

Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 7:13 AM EDT
Aug 17 2013

Mary Jane West (August 17, 1893 - November 22, 1980), known as Mae West, was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of all time. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, including censorship. When her cinematic career ended, she continued to perform on stage, in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded rock and roll albums.

Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, West said, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."

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A hard man is good to find.

A man in love is like a clipped coupon- it's time to cash in.

A man in the house is worth two in the street.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

Beulah, peel me a grape.

Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.

Good sex is like good Bridge... if you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.

Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.

He who hesitates is last.

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

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

I don't know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man when I see one.

I don't like myself, I'm crazy about myself.

I feel like a million tonight. But one at a time.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles, and the kind without.

I like my clothes tight enough to show I'm a woman, but loose enough to show I'm a lady.

I like two kinds of men: domestic and imported.

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

I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation but never missed it.

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

I'm the lady who works at Paramount all day... and Fox all night.

I've always had a weakness for foreign affairs.

I've been in more laps than a napkin.

I've been rich and I've been poor... Believe me, rich is better.

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

It's better to be looked over than overlooked.

It's hard to be funny when you have to be 'clean.'

It's not the men in my life that counts- it's the life in my men.

Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you.

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.

Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.

One and one is two; two and two is four; and 'five will get you ten' if you work it right!

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

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

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

So many men... so little time.

Some men are all right in their place- if they only knew the right places!

There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

To err is human, but it feels divine.

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.

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

When a girl goes wrong, men go right... after her.

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

When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.

When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.

When you got the personality, you don't need the nudity.

Why don't you come up and see me sometime... when I've got nothin' on but the radio?

You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

You may admire a girl's curves on the first introduction.. but the second meeting shows up new angles.

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