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May 1, 2008

Quips with Mae West

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Quotes from MAE WEST

During the last couple of weeks I’ve tripped across lots of quotes by Mae West. Wow! She was a fascinating lady, and one who has left a legacy of some great quotes that cut straight to the heart of the subject, whatever that may be.

1. Mae West was born Mary Jane West on 17 August 1893 in Woodhaven, New York, US. She died on 22 November 1980 at age 87 in Los Angeles, California, US. West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. Here’s a link to some photos of Mae West. She was famous for her large number of quips, some by herself and others by her characters. Below are some of my favorites from the lady who said, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

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

3. Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet.

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

5. When I’m good, I’m very good. When I’m bad, I’m better.

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

7. I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.

8. I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.

9. Look your best – who said love is blind?

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

11. I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I’m a woman… but loose enough to show I’m a lady.

12. Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up.

13. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Have I missed any of your favorites or is your favorite one of the above?

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  1. Adelle Laudan

    These are fabulous! She was definitely a character. LOL love her sense of humor. Happy T13!

  2. Tempest Knight

    Gotta love Mae West! She was the Queen of Double Meanings. Hehehe!

  3. Debora Dennis

    Didn’t she also say “come up and see my sometime” or is that someone else?

    In any case – I love Mae West, always have.

    Clothes tight enough to show I’m a woman and loose enough to show I’m a lady – good advice now too! :grin:

  4. LA Day

    Great list!
    #5 has always been my favorite.

  5. Nina Pierce

    I love to watch clips of Mae West, she really is a hoot. I love the quote in number 1 … drifting, yeah, that’s me! ;)

  6. December

    HA- great Thursday quotes!!
    Must be a theme today.

    have a happy one!

  7. Tara Nichols

    Damn she was a classy dame. So to the point. I think my favorite quote is 8, no, 10, no 5. all of them are excellent.

  8. Debbie Mumford

    I love that last one. Great list!!

  9. Alice Audrey

    We use #5 in my household all the time. :lol:

  10. Lia Morgan

    My personal fav of her’s is “You only live once, but if you do it right, once in enough.”

  11. Jennifer McKenzie

    I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.

    I LMAO on that one. GREAT lines.

  12. Red

    Got to LOVE Mae West!! ;) Great TT Shelley!!! :grin:

  13. Susan Helene Gottfried

    It’s such a shame that wonderful, rich, larger-than-life characters like Mae no longer exist. Or if they do, they’re much harder to find.

  14. Gabriele

    #6 is _so_ true, and I’ve met some people where the mother should indeed have done #2. :)

  15. Heather

    Excellent selection of quotes – she definitely had character!

  16. Shelley Munro

    I have to agree – they broke the mould after Mae West. It was interesting to read how she was always in trouble with the censorship board. I wonder why? :lol:

  17. Brenda ND

    Mae West was really funny. Cool Quotes.

  18. Robin L. Rotham

    Wouldn’t you just love to be remembered for a wit like that? She was ahead of her time.

  19. Chloe Devlin

    Great Mae West quotes. She was one heckuva lady!


  20. Gina Ardito

    Isn’t it great when you discover an icon to admire? Mae was a great lady who sometimes doesn’t get enough credit!

  21. pussreboots

    I’m another Mae West fan. The chapters on her in The Dame in the Kimono (reviewed on my site) are the best part of the book. Happy TT. Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Kathleen Oxley

    OMG, I love these!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy TT :)

  23. Jenyfer Matthews

    They don’t make them like Mae anymore…

  24. Gwen Mitchell

    LOL. Quotes are going around! :grin:

    I love the ‘when I’m bad, I’m better.’ I didn’t know who that came from, so thanks! She sounds muchos cool and way ahead of her time!

    Happy Friday! =D