Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''Think of the Bible think of Homer think of Shakespeare and think of me.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).
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  • ''It is not what France gave you but what it did not take from you that was important.''
    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.
  • ''There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).
  • ''Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman in this epoch does the important literary thinking.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).
  • ''Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936).
  • ''It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published by Random House (1936). The Geographical History of America, Vintage Books (1973).
  • ''Action and reaction are equal and opposite.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, ch. LXIII, Yale University Press (1958).
  • ''There are two kinds of liars the kind that lie and thekind that don't lie the kind that lie are no good.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1925-1926). A Novel of Thank You, ch. CXCIII, Yale University Press (1958).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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Best Poem of Gertrude Stein

Daughter

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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Stanzas In Meditation

She may count three little daisies very well
By multiplying to either six nine or fourteen
Or she can be well mentioned as twelve
Which they may like which they can like soon
Or more than ever which they wish as a button
Just as much as they arrange which they wish
Or they can attire where they need as which say
Can they call a hat or a hat a day
Made merry because it is so.

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