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A Life In Quotes: Mae West

If there is anything better than the first sunny day in New York City, then I don’t know what it is.  Even when we don’t get a lot of snow here it’s still nice to see the sun shining out over the city and even better when it’s setting behind the Palisades and I can sit out on the terrace with a beer and a book or four.

I was researching content for another site I’m writing for and came across a Mae West quote that I wanted to use as an intro.

That quote made me think about the past three years and how much has happened since ‘The Runner’ and I divorced. And, is it alright to admit to you right now that I have never missed him?  That used to keep me up at nights.  How could I be with someone for over ten years and not miss them?  I guess the easiest way to explain it is by saying that there’s no need for me to explain it anymore. 

I used to try to come up with reasons for so many things and now I’ve just stopped trying to explain air to birds, for lack of a better phrase. Yes, I just made that up. I might copyright it because it sounds so poetically ridiculous.

Mae West would have come up with a far better phrase I am sure. And to prove my own point, I give you life lessons as learned through Mae West quotes:

“I wrote the story myself. It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.”

                Perhaps if I had learned this lesson a decade ago, I’d have been far less likely to become anyone other than myself.

“Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.”

                Interesting that it took a trip to Paris for me to see the relevance in this one.

“It’s not the men in your life that matter, it’s the life in your men.”

                Should I ever get married again, I will keep this in mind.

“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.”

                For years I tried to either show my backside or my front, but never both at once.  The closer I get to 40, the more I realize they are there for a reason.

“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.”

                Ahh, what if I said I sometimes feel as though they want to protect me from me.

“Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else”

                Hmm…for some reason, I thought my mom coined this one.

“Love thy neighbor — and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.”

                I have never, ever, had a neighbor who was all three of these at once.  I need to start looking at new places to live.

“Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.”

                And there it is…the reason I believe in love.  I earn my own living and have great teeth thanks to my dad.

And now I am off – to work, but I’m doing it today from the beach because I am sure that this will make up for my having to cancel a much-needed, much-anticipated trip to Canada to see some of my favorite girlfriends this weekend.

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Swimmy
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Hope you enjoy your trip! A blogger at the other place, mentioned you were going to visit her, so I can tell you right now that you’re going to a wonderful area :D

BubblesDeux
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I had to cancel my much-anticipated trip because of work! But I know the ladies are having a blast and sending good vibes my way!

Krissy
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I grew up in NYC and have moved to England, its nice here but you dont seem to get the “buzz” that was in NYc with the sunny or snowy days

Debra Terrell
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Trust me it doesnt sound poetically ridiculous! I think is is something new, dont copyright it, I will be using it!! But on a serious note, I loved the quote “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you–the next one may fall for your smile.”

I have been in a same relationship for over 9 years now and the love is still intact.

Honestly, loved your post and thank you for wonderful quotes!

BubblesDeux
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Hi Debra, and welcome!

9 years is a wonderful number! My daughter said that 9 was her favorite year for all sorts of reasons! I think love happens and sticks around for all sorts of reasons and I bet Mae had a quote for that, too!

Linda Zenson
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My daughter said that 9 was her favorite year for all sorts of reasons! I think love happens and sticks around for all sorts of reasons and I bet Mae had a quote for that, too!

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