Gertrude Stein Quotes

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, ch. LXIII, Yale University Press (1958).
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Family living can go on existing. Very many are remembering this thing are remembering that family living living can go on existing. Very many are quite certain that family living can go on existing. Very many are remembering that they are quite certain that family living can go on existing.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925). The Making of Americans, Something Else Press (1969). This is the summation of Stein's major novel, from the last of its 925 pages. The plot and characters are less significant than the writing style; this passage is characteristic of most of the book.
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There are two kinds of liars the kind that lie and thekind that don't lie the kind that lie are no good.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, ch. CXCIII, Yale University Press (1958).
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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.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. [Excerpts] Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Carl Van Vechten, Random House (1946). The Making of Americans (written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925).
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Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, ch. LXII, Yale University Press (1958).
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There are many that I know and I know it. They are many that I know and they know it. They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it. Always I listen to it. Slowly I come to understand it. Many years I listened and did not know it. I heard it, I understood it some, I did not know I heard it. They repeat themselves now and I listen to it. Every way that they do it now I hear it. Now each time very slowly I come to understand it. 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.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925). The Making of Americans, Something Else Press (1969).
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Jews do not like the country, yes thank you, christians donot all like the city. Yes and thank you. There are no differences between the city and the country and very likely every one can be daily daily and by that timely.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, pt. 2, ch. 1, Yale University Press (1958).
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Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. [Excerpts] Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Carl Van Vechten, Random House (1946). The Making of Americans (written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925).
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I don't envisage collectivism. There is no such animal, it is always individualism, sometimes the rest vote and sometimes they do not, and if they do they do and if they do not they do not.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published in Transition (March 1932). "Answer to Eugene Jolas," How Writing Is Written, Black Sparrow Press (1974).
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Repeating then is in every one, in every one their being and their feeling and their way of realising everything and every one comes out of them in repeating. More and more then every one comes to be clear to some one.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. [Excerpts] Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Carl Van Vechten, Random House (1946). The Making of Americans (written 1903-1911),originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925).
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