Gertrude Stein Quotes

Success is the result achieved when nobody answers.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1924). "Birth and Marriage," Alphabets and Birthdays, Yale University Press (1957).
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Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920-1921). "Three Moral Tales," tale II, A Novel of Thank You, Yale University Press (1952). The tales are appended in the book and are not part of the novel.
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A house in the country is not the same as a country house.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933), originally published Banyan Press (1948). Blood on the Dining-Room Floor, Creative Arts Book Company, ed. John Herbert Gill (1982).
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College professors have two bad traits. They are logical and they are easily flattered.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1916). "Universe or Hand Reading," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
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I tell you boys there aint any answer, just you believe me, there aint any answer,... there aint going to be any answer, there never has been any answer, that's the answer.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Brewsie and Willie, ch. 7, Random House (1946). Gertrude Stein's last words before her death, five days after publication of Brewsie and Willie: "What is the question. If there is no question then there is no answer."
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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.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943 about World War II, which was then in progress.
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I tell you old and young are better than tired middle-aged, nothing is so dead dead-tired, dead every way as middle-aged.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Brewsie and Willie, ch. 14, Random House (1946).
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... the French know that you must not succeed you must rise from the ashes and how could you rise from the ashes if there were no ashes, but the Germans never think of ashes and so when there are ashes there is no rising, not at all and every day and in every way this is clearer and clearer.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
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I cannot give advice. How can I when I do not authorise success. I authorise it alright. Smile.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920). "Coal and Wood," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
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Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
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