Gertrude Stein

(3 February 1874 – 27 July 1946 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''A beauty is not suddenly in a circle. It comes with rapture. A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920), originally published in Last Operas and Plays (1949). "A Circular Play," A Stein Reader, ed. Ulla E. Dydo, Northwestern University Press (1993).
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  • ''The history is always the same the product is always different and the history interests more than the product. More, that is, more. Yes. But if the product was not different the history which is the same would not be more interesting.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Sentences," How To Write, Plain Edition (1931).
  • ''Romance is everything.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published by Payson & Clark (1928). "Advertisement," Useful Knowledge, Station Hill Press (1988).
  • ''I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Sentences," How to Write, Plain Edition (1931).
  • ''History takes time.... History makes memory.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
  • ''Remarks are not literature.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, ch. 7, Harcourt Brace and Company (1933).
  • ''Very likely education does not make very much difference.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published in New York Herald Tribune (Mar 16, 1935). "American Education and Colleges," How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).
  • ''One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Letter, May 22, 1925, to author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''... living in England does not free the American the way living in France frees him because the french [sic] and the American do not have the sense of going on together, from the beginning they know that there is no going on together no past present and future ...''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936). Born, raised, and educated in America, Stein settled in Paris, where she built her reputation as an innovative writer and patron of young artists and avant-garde art.
  • ''In the United States there is more space where nobody is is than where anybody is.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).

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Best Poem of Gertrude Stein


Why is the world at peace.
This may astonish you a little but when you realise how
easily Mrs. Charles Bianco sells the work of American
painters to American millionaires you will recognize that
authorities are constrained to be relieved. Let me tell you a
story. A painter loved a woman. A musician did not sing.
A South African loved books. An American was a woman
and needed help. Are Americans the same as incubators.
But this is the rest of the story. He became an authority.

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A Frightful Release

A BAG which was left and not only taken but turned away was not found. The place was shown to be very like the last time. A piece was not exchanged, not a bit of it, a piece was left over. The rest was mismanaged.

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