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  • 41.
    ... to a specialist his specialty is the whole of everything and if his specialty is in good order and it generally is then everything must be succeeding.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • 42.
    The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. In How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas (1974). "I Came and Here I Am," Cosmopolitan (New York, Feb. 1936).

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  • 43.
    ... the one thing that everybody wants is to be free, to talk to eat to drink to walk to think, to please, to wish, and to do it now.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • 44.
    Supposing everyone lived at one time what would they say. They would observe that stringing string beans is universal.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published Paris, Plain Edition (1930). Lucy Church Amiably, ch. 2, Something Else Press (1969).

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  • 45.
    A conversation in English in Finnish and in French can not be held at the same time nor with indifference ever or after a time.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "Marguerite or a Simple Novel of High Life," Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, Yale University Press (1952).

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  • 46.
    There is no such thing as being good to your wife.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1917). "Marry Nettie," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
  • 47.
    One of the things that I discovered in lecturing was that gradually one ceased to hear what one said one heard what the audience hears one say.
    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).
  • 48.
    There is a difference between twenty-nine and thirty. When you are twenty-nine it can be the beginning of everything. When you are thirty it can be the end of everything.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. IV, Yale University Press (1952).
  • 49.
    Suppose no one asked a question, what would be the answer.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published, Payson and Clarke (1928). "Near East or Chicago A Description," Useful Knowledge, Station Hill Press (1988).
  • 50.
    I am I because my little dog knows me but, creatively speaking the little dog knowing that you are you and your recognising that he knows, that is what destroys creation. That is what makes school.
    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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