Quotations From GERTRUDE STEIN


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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).
  • 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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  • There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).

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  • It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published by Random House (1936). The Geographical History of America, Vintage Books (1973).

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  • Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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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  • If nobody knows you that does not argue that you be unknown, nobody knew Ida when they no longer lived in Boston but that did not mean that she was unknown.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Ida, pt. 6, Random House (1941).
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