65 Mae West Quotes On Life, Love, And Marriage

Mae West was a glamour icon who dared to challenge societal norms and inspired millions of women to embrace their individuality. Here is a collection of the best Mae West quotes on life, love, marriage, feminism, aging, and more that will remind you of the power of determination, resilience, and believing in yourself.

Mary Jane West, popularly known as Mae West, was an American trailblazing actress, singer, playwright, and comedian whose career spanned over seven decades.

West started her professional career at the age of 14 as a Vaudeville performer. After being active as a Vaudeville performer for years she moved to Broadway participating in plays.

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She made her film debut in the role of Maudie Triplett in Night After Night in 1932, for Paramount Pictures. One of her notable books is an autobiography titled “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It“, published in 1959.

West was famous for her witty one-liners and risqué humor which she often spiced with lighthearted bawdy double entendres.

After the end of her film career, West became a writer for various radio and television shows. She also continued to perform in Las Vegas and recorded rock and roll albums. Her famous lines reflect her self-confidence and her views on gender, love, and life.

These inspirational Mae West quotes from the legendary Hollywood icon will inspire you to embrace yourself and live life on your own terms.

Top 10 Mae West Quotes

  1. “You are never too old to become younger!” — Mae West                                                                       

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    quotes Mae West
  2. “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.” — Mae West
  3. “The score never interested me, only the game.” — Mae West
  4. “I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action.” — Mae West        

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    Mae West
  5. “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” — Mae West              

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    quotes of Mae West
  6. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West         

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    Mae West quotes
  7. “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.” — Mae West           

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    quotes from Mae West
  8. “Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” — Mae West
  9. “I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.” — Mae West
  10. “No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most.” —  Mae West

Best Of Mae West Quotes

  1. “He who hesitates is a damned fool.” — Mae West
  2. “Keep a diary, and someday it’ll keep you.” — Mae West
  3. “I speak two languages, Body and English.” — Mae West
  4. “Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office.” — Mae West
  5. “When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.” — Mae West
  6. “Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” — Mae West
  7. “It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any.” — Mae West
  8. “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.” — Mae West
  9. “Everyone has the right to run his own life- even if you’re heading for a crash. What I’m against is blind flying.” — Mae West
  10. “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.” — Mae West

Famous Quotes By Mae West

  1. “To err is human, but it feels divine.” — Mae West
  2. “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” — Mae West
  3. “It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean.” — Mae West
  4. “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” — Mae West
  5. “I never loved another person the way I loved myself.” — Mae West
  6. “I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?” — Mae West
  7. “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” — Mae West
  8. “I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.” — Mae West
  9. “I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.” — Mae West
  10. “I only read biographies, metaphysics, and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction.” — Mae West

Quotes Of Mae West

  1. “A hard man is good to find.” — Mae West
  2. “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” — Mae West
  3. “I’m single because I was born that way.” — Mae West
  4. “The curve is more powerful than the sword.” — Mae West
  5. “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” — Mae West
  6. “There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.” — Mae West
  7. “Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.” — Mae West
  8. “Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for years.” — Mae West
  9. “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” — Mae West
  10. “Everyone has the right to run his own life- even if you’re heading for a crash. What I’m against is blind flying.” — Mae West

Mae West’s Quotes On Love & Life 

  1. “A man’s kiss is his signature.” — Mae West
  2. “Look your best – who said love is blind?” — Mae West
  3. “The best way to hold a man is in your arms.” — Mae West
  4. “Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art.” —  Mae West
  5. “When women go wrong, men go right after them.” — Mae West
  6. “Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.” — Mae West
  7. “It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men.” — Mae West
  8. “Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.” — Mae West
  9. “Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present.” — Mae West
  10. “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.” — Mae West

Mae West

  1. “It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men.” ― Mae West
  2. “A woman in love can’t be reasonable–or she probably wouldn’t be in love.” — Mae West
  3. “All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” — Mae West
  4. “Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.” — Mae West
  5. “I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss. I’ve always found time to teach them.” — Mae West
  6. “Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.” — Mae West

Mae West Quotes On Marriage

  1. “Sx is an emotion in motion.” — Mae West
  2. “Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up.” — Mae West
  3. “Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.” — Mae West
  4. “Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.” — Mae West
  5. “Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.” — Mae West
  6. “Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” — Mae West
  7. “Women with pasts interest men because they hope history will repeat itself.” — Mae West
  8. “Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.” — Mae West
  9. “Women are like roads. The more curves they have, the more dangerous they are.” — Mae West
  10. “Everything’s in the mind. That’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.” — Mae West

More About Mae West’s Life

West made her mark in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s, where she became one of the highest-paid actresses of her time.

Her next role for Paramount was as the character Diamond Li (now renamed Lady Lou) in the film She Done Him Wrong in 1933 which was a box office hit that earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Grossing over 2 million, the success of the film saved Paramount from bankruptcy.

West acted in 12 films throughout her legendary film career. Apart from being a Hollywood sensation, she was also one of the most controversial movie stars of her time, she encountered many problems, including censorship.

From her early theatre days to her impressive film career, West was a symbol of empowerment known for her irrepressible spirit and magnetic personality. Her timeless charm and alluring glamour had a powerful impact on popular culture.


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