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Character of the week: Mae West

Author: Paulo Coelho

A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.

I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.

I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.

When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action.

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

Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.

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

Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.

He who hesitates is a damned fool.

Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain.

I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.

It takes two to get one in trouble.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, and screenwriter

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