Quotations From MAE WEST

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  • 1.
    I'd like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, response to the hangman who asks if Twillie has any last wish (1940). In a 1925 Vanity Fair article, Fields suggested his epitaph should read: "Here lies W.C. Fields. I would rather be living in Philadelphia."

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  • 2.
    Just a little sheep dip. Panacea for all stomach ailments.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, response to Mrs. Gideon's (Margaret Hamilton) shock that Twillie is imbibing whiskey (1940).
  • 3.
    "Novelties and notions?" What kind of notions you got?
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, reaction to Cuthbert Twillie's (W.C. Fields) business card reading "Novelties & Notions," (1940).
  • 4.
    Full blooded? Quite the antitheses. He's very anemic.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, response to Mrs. Gideon (Margaret Hamilton) who asks if Twillie's Native American companion is a full-blooded Indian (1940).
  • 5.
    I see you're a man with ideals. I guess I better be going while you've still got them.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, to an honest man (1940).
  • 6.
    Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, in a smirking aside (1940).
  • 7.
    The bite of existence did not cut into one in Hollywood ....
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 13 (1959).

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  • 8.
    I enjoyed the courtroom as just another stage—but not so amusing as Broadway.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 7 (1959). The sexy stage and film performer was commenting on her 1926 New York City trial for writing and starring in an allegedly objectionable play, SEX. She was found guilty, sentenced to ten days in jail, and fined $500.
  • 9.
    It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and Leo McCarey. Ruby Carter (Mae West), Belle of the Nineties, on the art of allure (1934).
  • 10.
    It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor, Harland Thompson, screenwriter, and Wesley Ruggles. Tira (Mae West), in I'm No Angel (film), rephrasing a reporter's questions (1933).

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