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Quotations From GERTRUDE STEIN

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  • 81.
    The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. I, Yale University Press (1952).
  • 82.
    Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself.
    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). Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was an original and influential visual artist, the painter of a famous portrait of Stein, and her friend.
  • 83.
    ... nothing could bother me more than the way a thing goes dead once it has been said.
    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).
  • 84.
    If you are looking down while you are walking it is better to walk up hill the ground is nearer.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. IV, Yale University Press (1952).
  • 85.
    ... to know what one knows is frightening to live what one lives is soothing and though everybody likes to be frightened what they really have to have is soothing ...
    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).
  • 86.
    The essence of being a genius is to be able to talk and listen to listen while talking and talk while listening but and this is very important very important indeed talking has nothing to do with creation.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them," What Are Masterpieces, Conference Press (1940). First given as a lecture at Cambridge, England, 1936.
  • 87.
    One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • 88.
    Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 4, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).

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  • 89.
    ... a master-piece ... may be unwelcome but it is never dull.
    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).
  • 90.
    As always art is the pulse of a nation.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
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