Mae West Quotes 22 Sourced Quotes

Mary Jane West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress and playwright, most commonly known as "Mae" West.

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

—Mae West

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Source: She Done Him Wrong

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

—Mae West

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Source: SextetteQuote Investigator: Exploring the Origin of QuotesThe Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

3. “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”

—Mae West

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Source: Response to an exclamation, "Goodness! What lovely diamonds!" in Night After Night (1932). She later used Goodness had nothing to do with it as the title of her autobiography (1953).

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

—Mae West

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Source: I'm No Angel (1933)

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

—Mae West

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Source: #832 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne

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

—Mae West

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Source: #149 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne

7. “I've been in more laps than a napkin.”

—Mae West

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Source: #685 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne

8. “Beulah, Peel me a grape.”

—Mae West

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Source: I'm No Angel (1933)

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

—Mae West

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Source: #684 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne

10. “I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.”

—Mae West

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Source: I'm No Angel (1933)

11. “I feel like a million tonight. But one at a time.”

—Mae West

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Source: Myra Breckinridge

12. “I'm the kinda girl who works for Paramount by day, and Fox all night”

—Mae West

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13. “It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men.”

—Mae West

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Source: I'm No Angel (1933)

14. “Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before.”

—Mae West

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Source: Klondike Annie (1936) Sometimes quoted as: ''"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."'

15. “Why don't you come up sometime and see me? … Come on up, I'll tell your fortune.”

—Mae West

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Source: She Done Him Wrong (1933)

16. “To her British lover about to climb in bed with 80-something Mae: She said that she hoped soon to be able to say what Paul Revere said — 'The British are coming'. This was the last one-liner Mae ever uttered on film.”

—Mae West

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Source: Sextette

17. “To a young actor: How tall are you without your horse? Six foot, seven inches. Never mind the six feet. Let's talk about the seven inches!”

—Mae West

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Source: Myra Breckinridge

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

—Mae West

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Source: Quoted in "For Women, Monologues They Haven't Heard" by Susan Pomerance, Dramaline Publications (1985)

19. “I've always had a weakness for foreign affairs.”

—Mae West

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Source: Person-to-Person interview (CBS) with Charles Collingwood, September 1959

20. “When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.”

—Mae West

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Source: I'm No Angel (1933)

21. “A man in the house is worth two in the street.”

—Mae West

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Source: Belle of the Nineties

22. “One and one is two; two and two is four; and ‘five will get you ten’ if you work it right!”

—Mae West

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