Mae West: I’m an occidental woman in an oriental mood for love

Mae West (1993-1980), actress, comedienne, sex symbol. Mistress of double entendre. Her best lines:

    • I speak two languages, Body and English.
    • It takes two to get one in trouble.
    • Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
    • Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring.
    • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
    • Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
    • A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.
    • A hard man is good to find.
    • A man in the house is worth two in the street.
    • Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
    • When women go wrong, men go right after them.
    • I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.
    • I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.

      Mae West lyrics:
      I’m an occidental woman in an oriental mood for love

      I’m an occidental woman in an oriental mood for love
      And I feel the thrill of China when I see a yellow buddha moon above
      And when it weaves its magic spell around me
      Sweet love is all I’m dreaming of
      I’m an occidental woman in an oriental mood for love

      (From the 1936 Mae West movie “Klondike Annie”)

      Read up on Orientalism, the cultural stereotyping of the East by the West in the 19th and 20th century.

      song of the week :-) englisch lernen mit liedern

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      Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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