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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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).
  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.

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  • 67.
    I know what Germans are. They are a funny people. They are always choosing someone to lead them in a direction which they do not want to go.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.

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  • 68.
    A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933). Four in America, Yale University Press (1947).
  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Just as everybody has the vote including women, I think children should, because as a child is conscious of itself then it has to me an existence and has a stake in what happens.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. As quoted in What Are Masterpieces, afterword, by Robert Haas (1970). Said in a January 1946 interview with Haas.

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