Though known for her hourglass figure, Mae West is most beloved for her favourite figure of speech, the double entendre. Her blunt sexuality, stunning physical beauty, and witty wisdom are what she is remembered for today. She wrote 9 of the 13 films in which she starred.

West was more of a lone wolf. She didn’t drink, smoke, or dwell too much on sadness. Mae was secretly married at age 17, but only lived with her husband for a few weeks. They didn’t legally divorce until 31 years later. Her long-term partner Paul Novak was 30 years her junior.

Mae West (born August 17, 1893, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. – died November 22, 1980, Los Angeles, California) made her debut with a Brooklyn stock company about 1901. By 1907 she had become a performer on the national vaudeville circuit and her entertainment career spanned seven decades. By 1935, West was the highest-paid star in Hollywood — and the second highest-paid person in the United States.

Salvador Dali considered Mae West a muse. His painting “The face of Mae West” imagines the bombshell as an apartment. In the painting, Dali designed the face like a room where each facial feature was an element in a living room. He later designed a surrealist sofa called “Mae West Lips.” Now you can see the two works as one in the Mae West Room at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain.

Mae West was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol. In 1999, the American Film Institute posthumously voted Mae West the 15th greatest female screen legend of classic American cinema.

Here are some of Mae West’s wittiest phrases from her movies. She was marvelous, she wrote all of them herself.

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

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Good sex is like good bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I’m single because I was born that way.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“It’s not the men in your life that matters; it’s the life in your men.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Sex is an emotion in motion.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“It is better to be looked over than overlooked.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“You are never too old to become younger!”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Look your best – who said love is blind?”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“To err is human – but it feels divine.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss. I’ve always found time to teach them.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“If a little is great, and a lot is better, then way too much is just about right!”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“When women go wrong, men go right after them.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I never loved another person the way I loved myself.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“The score never interested me, only the game.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“One more drink and I’ll be under the host.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for years.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Men are all alike – except the one you’ve met who’s different.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“Brains are an asset, if you hide them.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.”

Witty Wisdom of Mae West - Mae West Quotes

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