Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "The Radcliffe Manuscripts," Form and Intelligibility, Exposition Press, ed. Rosalind S. Miller (1949). Undergraduate composition at Radcliffe College, 1895.
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  • ''I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.''
    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.
  • ''From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional. If they were not, the world would be at a stand-still and death would speedily ensue. It is one of the tamest of platitudes but it is always introduced by a flourish of trumpets.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Radcliffe Manuscripts, Form and Intelligibility, ed. by Rosalind S. Miller, Exposition Press (1949). Written as an undergraduate composition 1894.
  • ''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.
  • ''Success is the result achieved when nobody answers.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1924). "Birth and Marriage," Alphabets and Birthdays, Yale University Press (1957).
  • ''Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920-1921). "Three Moral Tales," tale II, A Novel of Thank You, Yale University Press (1952). The tales are appended in the book and are not part of the novel.
  • ''A house in the country is not the same as a country house.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933), originally published Banyan Press (1948). Blood on the Dining-Room Floor, Creative Arts Book Company, ed. John Herbert Gill (1982).
  • ''College professors have two bad traits. They are logical
    and they are easily flattered.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1916). "Universe or Hand Reading," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
  • ''I tell you boys there aint any answer, just you believe me, there aint any answer,... there aint going to be any answer, there never has been any answer, that's the answer.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Brewsie and Willie, ch. 7, Random House (1946). Gertrude Stein's last words before her death, five days after publication of Brewsie and Willie: "What is the question. If there is no question then there is no answer."
  • ''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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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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