Mae West

(1893-1980 / Bushwick, New York City, New York)

Mae West Quotes

  • ''When choosing between two evils, I always like to pick the one I never tried before.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. As Frisco Doll, in the film Klondike Annie (1936).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Flower Belle! What a euphonious appellation! Easy on the ears and a banquet for the eyes!''
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, reaction after hearing Flower Belle Lee's (Mae West) name (1940).
  • ''I will be all things to you. Father, mother, husband, counselor, Japanese bartender.''
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, offer to Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) as he attempts to woo her (1940).
  • ''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."
  • ''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).
  • ''I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.''
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, when faced with temptation (1940).
  • ''Any time you've got nothing to do—and lots of time to do it—come on up.''
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, to a would-be conquest (1940).
  • ''"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).
  • ''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).

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