58 Incredible Gertrude Stein Quotes

58 Incredible Gertrude Stein Quotes

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Gertrude Stein was a writer from Pennsylvania. She focused her writing in poetry and plays, she also published her memoir of her life living in Paris entitles, The Autobiography of Alice B. The book was an instant bestseller and thrust Stein into to literary infamy.

“A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.”

“A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.”

“A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.”

“A saint is one to be for two when three and you make five and two and cover.”

“A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.”

“A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.”

“All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation”

“Always it comes very slowly the completed understanding of it, the repeating each one does to tell it the whole history of the being in each one, always now I hear it. Always now slowly I
understand it.”

“And identity is funny being yourself is funny as you are never yourself to yourself except as you remember yourself and then of course you do not believe yourself.”

“Argument is to me the air I breathe.”

“As there was never any question there was never any answer.”

“Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.”

“Clarity is of no importance because nobody listens and nobody knows what you mean no matter what you mean, nor how clearly you mean what you mean. But if you have vitality enough of knowing
enough of what you mean, somebody and sometime and sometimes a great many will have to realize that you know what you mean and so they will agree that you mean what you know, what you know
you mean, which is as near as anybody can come to understanding any one.”

“Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.”

“Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.”

“Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know.”

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”

“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.”

“From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional.”

“Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.”

“I am writing for myself and strangers. This is the only way that I can do it. Everybody is a real one to me, everybody is like some one else too to me. No one of them that I know can want
to know it and so I write for myself and strangers.”

“I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to get rich.”

“I like a thing simple but it must be simple through complication. Everything must come into your scheme, otherwise you cannot achieve real simplicity.”

“I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.”

“If anything is a surprise then there is not much difference between older and younger because the only thing that does make anybody older is that they cannot be surprised.”

“If the stars are suns and the earth is the earth and there are men only upon this earth and anything can put an end to anything and any dog does anything like anybody does it what is the
difference between eternity and anything.”

“If you can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.”

“In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes America what it is.”

“It bothers a lot of people, but like you said, it’s nobody’s business, it came from the Judeo-Christian ethos, especially Saint Paul the bastard, but he was complaining about youngsters who
were not really that way, they did it for money, everybody suspects us or knows but nobody says anything about it.”

“It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.”

“It takes a heap of loafing to write a book.”

“Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume.”

“Let me listen to me and not to them.”

“Let me recite what history teaches. History teaches.”

“One must dare to be happy. ”

“Perhaps I am not I even if my little dog knows me but anyway I like what I have and now it is today.”

“Remarks are not literature.”

“Romance is everything.”

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”

“Since it could be done what was the use of doing it, and anyway you always have to stop doing something sometime.”

“Suddenly it was all different, what I did had a value that made people ready to pay, up to that time everything I did had a value because nobody was ready to pay. It is funny about money.
“And it is funny about identity. You are you because your little dog knows you, but when your public knows you and does not want to pay for you and when your public knows you and does want
to pay for you, you are not the same you.”

“Suppose no one asked a question, what would be the answer.”

“The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.”

“The family is always the family but during vacations it is an extended family and that is exhausting”

“The idea of enemies is awful it makes one stop remembering eternity and the fear of death. That is what enemies are. Possessions are the same as enemies only less so, they too make one
forget eternity and the fear of death.”

“The supreme egocentric of the most perfect clique of egocentrics.”

“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.”

“The whole duty of man consists in being reasonable and just… I am reasonable because I know the difference between understanding and not understanding and I am just because I have no
opinion about things I don’t understand.”

“There is no pulse so sure of the state of a nation as its characteristic art product which has nothing to do with its material life.”

“There is no such thing as repetition. Only insistance.”

“They were regular in being gay, they learned little things that are things in being gay, they learned many little things that are things in being gay, they were gay every day, they were
regular, they were gay, they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.”

“Unsurprisingly, Gertrude Stein was not a fan of the question mark. Are you beginning to suspect—as I am—that there was something wrong at home?”

“War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.”

“When I said. “A rose is a rose is a rose.” And then later made that into a ring I made poetry and what did I do? I caressed completely caressed and addressed a noun.”

“When I sleep I sleep and do not dream because it is as well that I am what I seem when I am in my bed and dream.”

“Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?”

“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.”

“You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!”