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  • 51.
    War is more like a novel than it is like real life and that is its eternal fascination. It is a thing based on reality but invented, it is a dream made real, all the things that make a novel but not really life.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).

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  • 52.
    One cannot come back too often to the question what is knowledge and to the answer knowledge is what one knows.... Knowledge is the thing you know and how can you know more than you do know.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "What is English Literature," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
  • 53.
    French people do like good fighting, they like it better than anything.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.

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  • 54.
    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).
  • 55.
    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).
  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1923). "As Eighty," Bee Time Vine, Yale University Press (1953).
  • 58.
    Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949). Originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947).
  • 59.
    Men cannot count, they do not know that two and two make four if women do not tell them so.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).

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  • 60.
    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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