Gertrude Stein Quotes

It does change the age that is young, once in Paris it was twenty-six, then it was twenty-two, then it was nineteen and now it is between thirty and forty. They tell about a new young man, how old is he you say and they say he is thirty.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 4, Random House (1937).
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Even the propagandists on the radio find it very difficult to really say let alone believe that the world will be a happy place, of love and peace and plenty, and that the lion will lie down with the lamb and everybody will believe anybody.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943, about what people were expecting at the close of World War II, which was then in progress.
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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 (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3, Random House (1937).
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The only ones who are really grateful for the war are the wild ducks, such a lot of them in the marshes of the Rhone and so peaceful ... because all the shot-guns have been taken away completely taken away and nobody can shoot with them nobody at all and the wild ducks are very content. They act as of they had never been shot at, never, it is so easy to form old habits again, so very easy.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
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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 (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3, Random House (1937).
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It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
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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 (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 2, Random House (1937).
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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.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
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Native always means people who belong somewhere else, because they had once belonged somewhere. That shows that the white race does not really think they belong anywhere because they think of everybody else as native.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 1 (1937).
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Eating too much meat gives you indigestion and evil thoughts make you eat too much meat.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
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