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.