Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''I tell you old and young are better than tired middle-aged, nothing is so dead dead-tired, dead every way as middle-aged.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Brewsie and Willie, ch. 14, Random House (1946).
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  • ''I cannot give advice. How can I when I do not authorise success. I authorise it alright. Smile.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920). "Coal and Wood," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
  • ''Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
  • ''War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''If fishes were wishes the ocean would be all of our desire.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1922). "Didn't Nelly and Lilly Love You," As Fine As Melanctha, Yale University Press (1954).
  • ''It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 2 (1937).
  • ''The nineteenth century was completely lacking in logic, it had cosmic terms and hopes, and aspirations, and discoveries, and ideals but it had no logic.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3 (1937).
  • ''The times are so peculiar now, so mediaeval so unreasonable that for the first time in a hundred years truth is really stranger than fiction. Any truth.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 2 (1937).

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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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