Mae West

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

Mae West Quotes

  • ''My advice to those who think they have to take off their clothes to be a star is, once you're boned, what's left to create the illusion? Let 'em wonder. I never believed in givin' them too much of me.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in David Ray Johnson, "Biographical Study," ch. 4, On Sex, Health and ESP.
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''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 (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in David Ray Johnson, On Sex, Health and ESP, ch. 2, appendix to "Biographical Study," (1975).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''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).
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''A man in the house is worth two in the street.''
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and Leo McCarey. Ruby Carter (Mae West), Belle of the Nineties, one of Ruby's many thoughts on men (1934).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.''
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and Leo McCarey. Ruby Carter (Mae West), Belle of the Nineties, insult of a foe (1934).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''A man in love is like a clipped coupon—it's time to cash in.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. "That Four-Letter Word!" On Sex, Health and ESP (1975).
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''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).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.

Read more quotations »
Best Poem of Mae West
[Report Error]