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Gertrude Stein Quotes and Sayings

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It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with
a whole family you can forget about them.
- Gertrude Stein

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It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

The nineteenth century believed in science but the
twentieth century does not.
- Gertrude Stein

 

Everybody gets so much information all day long that
they lose their common sense.
- Gertrude Stein

There ain't no answer.
There ain't gonna be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
That's the answer.
- Gertrude Stein

Money is always there but the pockets change;
it is not in the same pockets after a change,
and that is all there is to say about money.
- Gertrude Stein

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There is too much fathering going on just now and there
is no doubt about it fathers are depressing.
- Gertrude Stein

I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.
- Gertrude Stein

To write is to write is to write is to write is to
write is to write is to write is to write.
- Gertrude Stein

There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more.
- Gertrude Stein

If you are looking down while you are walking it is
better to walk up hill the ground is nearer.
- Gertrude Stein

It is natural not to care about a sister certainly
not when she is four years older and grinds her teeth at night.
- Gertrude Stein

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
- Gertrude Stein

War is never fatal but always lost.
Always lost.
- Gertrude Stein

I have declared that patience is never more than patient.
I too have declared, that I who am not patient am patient.
- Gertrude Stein

Argument is to me the air I breathe.
Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the
other side and defending it.
- Gertrude Stein

It is funny the two things most men are proudest of
is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way,
that is being drunk and being the father of their son.
- Gertrude Stein

The nineteenth century was completely lacking in logic,
it had cosmic terms and hopes, and aspirations,
and discoveries, and ideals but it had no logic.
- Gertrude Stein

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising
and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables,
nothing, nothing but vegetables.
- Gertrude Stein

I could undertake to be an efficient pupil if it were
possible to find an efficient teacher.
- Gertrude Stein

Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.
- Gertrude Stein

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion,
is marriage renunciation or abundance,
is marriage a stepping-stone or an end.
What is marriage.
- Gertrude Stein

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

The thing that differentiates man from animals is money.
- Gertrude Stein

Men cannot count, they do not know that two and two
make four if women do not tell them so.
- Gertrude Stein

I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.
- Gertrude Stein

Let me listen to me and not to them.
- Gertrude Stein

It takes a lot of time to be a genius,
you have to sit around so much doing nothing,
really doing nothing.
- Gertrude Stein

The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the
bad luck that follows boasting.
- Gertrude Stein

Everyone gets so much information all day long that
they lose their common sense.
- Gertrude Stein

A real failure does not need an excuse.
It is an end in itself.
- Gertrude Stein

The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it,
the world is the world as a duchess sees it,
and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth
was not there as the peasant sees it.
- Gertrude Stein

History takes time.
History makes memory.
- Gertrude Stein

I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.
- Gertrude Stein

The contemporary thing in art and literature is the
thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people
of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.
- Gertrude Stein

I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing
I am not really there to believe.
- Gertrude Stein

Supposing everyone lived at one time what would they say.
They would observe that stringing string beans is universal.
- Gertrude Stein

What is music.
A passion for colonies not a love of country.
- Gertrude Stein

Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman
in this epoch does the important literary thinking.
- Gertrude Stein

Romance is everything.
- Gertrude Stein

Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air.
- Gertrude Stein

Very likely education does not make very much difference.
- Gertrude Stein

There is a difference between twenty-nine and thirty.
When you are twenty-nine it can be the beginning of everything.
When you are thirty it can be the end of everything.
- Gertrude Stein

A diary means yes indeed.
- Gertrude Stein

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
- Gertrude Stein

Generally speaking, everyone is more interesting doing
nothing than doing anything.
- Gertrude Stein

A house in the country is not the same as a country house.
- Gertrude Stein

It is not what France gave you but what it did not
take from you that was important.
- Gertrude Stein

One does not get better but different and older and
that is always a pleasure.
- Gertrude Stein

If you can do it then why do it?
- Gertrude Stein

Is it worse to be scared than to be bored,
that is the question.
- Gertrude Stein

America is my country and Paris is my hometown.
- Gertrude Stein

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
- Gertrude Stein

But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses,
I still don't get young men standing up and saying,
'How can I combine career and family?'
- Gertrude Stein

That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back,
when one is out walking one wants not to go back the
way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.
- Gertrude Stein

There is no there there.
- Gertrude Stein

It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future,
none at all.
It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
- Gertrude Stein

In the United States there is more space where nobody
is than where anybody is.
That is what makes America what it is.
- Gertrude Stein

In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland,
in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time
it is the only country that everybody has confidence in,
everybody.
- Gertrude Stein

In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal.
- Gertrude Stein

This is the lesson that history teaches:
repetition.
- Gertrude Stein

I've been rich and I've been poor.
It's better to be rich.
- Gertrude Stein

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- Gertrude Stein

There is no such thing as being good to your wife.
- Gertrude Stein

A masterpiece...
may be unwelcome but it is never dull.
- Gertrude Stein

Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can
really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.
- Gertrude Stein

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.
- Gertrude Stein

It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable
not a sadness and though occurring not a shock.
- Gertrude Stein

Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted
a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers'
granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.
- Gertrude Stein


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