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140 Mae West Quotes on Living the Life You Want

1. “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

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

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

4. “I consider sex a misdemeanor, the more I miss, de meaner I get.”

5. “Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

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

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

8. “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

9. “Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for years.”

10. “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

11. “Well behaved women do not make history.”

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

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

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

15. “We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re the opposite.”

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

17. “Positive thoughts generate and attract positive life experiences.”

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

19. “Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.”

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20. “Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

21. “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?”

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

23. “A hard man is good to find.”

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

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

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

27. “Love is like a booger, you pick and pick at it. Then when you get it, you wonder how to get rid of it.”

28. “Sex is emotion in motion.”

29. “The best way to hold a man is in your arms.”

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

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

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

33. “Some of the wildest men make the best pets.”

34. “I only like two kinds of men—domestic and imported.”

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

36. “Save a boyfriend for a rainy day, and another, in case it doesn’t rain.”

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

38. “Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.”

39. “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.”

40. “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.”

41. “I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?”

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

43. “Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct—it’s an art.”

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

45. “Dating means two things—disillusionment or a racing heart.”

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

47. “I’ve always taken men just as I found ’em, and thank heavens I’ve been able to find ’em.”

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

49. “Men are all alike, except the one you’ve met who’s different.”

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

51. “You are never too old to become younger!”

52. “If a little is great, and a lot is better, then way too much is just about right!”

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

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

55. “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.”

56. “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”

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

58. “You gotta get up early in the morning and stay up late at night to get a mink.”

59. “Give a man free hands, and you’ll know where to find them.”

60. “Let’s get out of these wet clothes and into a dry Martini.”

61. “March isn’t the only thing that’s in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

62. “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.”

63. “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.”

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

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

66. “The score never interested me, only the game.”

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

68. “I don’t know a lot about politics, but I can recognise a good party man when I see one.”

69. “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me? I’m home every evening. Come up. I’ll tell your fortune.”

70. “I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.”

71. “I only read biographies, metaphysics, and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction.”

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

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

74. “I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde.”

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

76. “Any time you have nothing to do, and lots of time to do it, come on up.”

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

78. “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.”

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

80. “I like my clothes tight enough to show I’m a woman, but loose enough to show I’m a lady.”

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

82. “Why don’t you come up and have a little scotch and sofa?”

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

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

85. “A man’s kiss is his signature.”

86. “I go for two kinds of men—the kind with muscles, and the kind without.”

87. “Flattery will get you everywhere.”

88. “Never ask a man where he’s been. If he’s out on legitimate business, he doesn’t need an alibi. And, girls, if he has been out on illegitimate business, it’s your own fault.”

89. “I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself.”

90. “Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.”

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

92. “I have never loved a man as much as I have loved myself.”

93. “She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.”

94. “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”

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

96. “I knew in some marvelous way I had touched the hem of the unknown. And being me, I wanted to lift that hemline a little bit more.”

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

98. “I’m a good woman for a bad man.”

99. “I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action.”

100. “You may admire a girl’s curves on the first introduction, but the second meeting shows new angles.”

101. “I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.”

102. “A man in love is like a clipped coupon—it’s time to cash in.”

103. “Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”

104. “It’s alright for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he’s perfect.”

105. “I speak two languages—body and English.”

106. “Dress gives one the outward sign from which people in general can, and often do, judge upon the inward state of mind and feelings.”

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

108. “When women go wrong, men go right after them.”

109. “I never set out to make men a career; it just happened that way.”

110. “The best way to behave is to misbehave.”

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

112. “It’s not the men in my life that count, it’s the life in my men.”

113. “To err is human, but it feels divine.”

114. “When you get the personality, you don’t need the nudity.”

115. “His should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

116. “I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself.”

117. “Curve—the loveliest distance between two points.”

118. “The curve is more powerful than the sword.”

119. “Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action.”

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

121. “Cultivate your curves—they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.”

122. “I’m single because I was born that way.”

123. “Don’t ever make the same mistake twice unless it pays.”

124. “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”

125. “Everyone has the right to run his own life—even if you’re heading for a crash. What I’m against is blind flying.”

126. “It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean.”

127. “Look your best—who said love is blind?”

128. “My advice to those who think they have to take off their clothes to be a star is, once you’re boned, what’s left to create the illusion? Let ‘em wonder. I never believed in giving them too much of me.”

129. “Don’t let a man put anything over you except an umbrella.”

130. “Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.”

131. “I’ve seen things and I’ve seen places.”

132. “Sometimes, I don’t drink so the next day I can remember having fun.”

133. “Kiss and make up, but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.”

134. “Virtue has its own reward, but no sales at the box office.”

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

136. “I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you.”

137. “It takes two to get one in trouble.”

138. “When in doubt, take a bath.”

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