Gertrude Stein Quotes

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 4, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
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... a master-piece ... may be unwelcome but it is never dull.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).
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One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
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One cannot come back too often to the question what is knowledge and to the answer knowledge is what one knows.... Knowledge is the thing you know and how can you know more than you do know.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "What is English Literature," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
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It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable not a sadness and though occurring not a shock.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 2, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
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The United States is just now the oldest country in the world, there always is an oldest country and she is it, it is she who is the mother of the twentieth century civilization. She began to feel herself as it just after the Civil War. And so it is a country the right age to have been born in and the wrong age to live in.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. In How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas (1974). "Why I Do Not Live In America," Transition (Fall 1928).
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As always art is the pulse of a nation.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
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The phenomenon of nature is more splendid than the daily events of nature, certainly, so then the twentieth century is splendid.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Picasso, Batsford (1938).
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Sentences and paragraphs. Sentences are not emotional but paragraphs are. I can say that as often as I like and it always remains as it is, something that is. I said I found this out first in listening to Basket my dog drinking. And anybody listening to any dog's drinking will see what I mean.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Poetry and Grammar," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
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Language as a real thing is not imitation either of sounds or colors or emotions it is an intellectual recreation and there is no possible doubt about it and it is going to go on being that as long as humanity is anything.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Poetry and Grammar," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
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