Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it, the world is the world as a duchess sees it, and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth was not there as the peasant sees it.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 2, Random House (1937).
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  • ''The idea of enemies is awful it makes one stop remembering eternity and the fear of death. That is what enemies are. Possessions are the same as enemies only less so, they too make one forget eternity and the fear of death.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
  • ''Native always means people who belong somewhere else, because they had once belonged somewhere. That shows that the white race does not really think they belong anywhere because they think of everybody else as native.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 1 (1937).
  • ''Eating too much meat gives you indigestion and evil thoughts make you eat too much meat.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1943-1944). Wars I Have Seen, Random House (1945).
  • ''That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back, when one is out walking one wants not to go back the way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, Random House (1937).
  • ''In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933). Four in America, Yale University Press (1947).
  • ''I know what Germans are. They are a funny people. They are always choosing someone to lead them in a direction which they do not want to go.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''Name any name and then remember everybody you ever knew who bore than name. Are they all alike. I think so.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933). Four in America, Yale University Press (1947).
  • ''It is very easy to love alone.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1927), originally published in Operas and Plays (1932). Four Saints in Three Acts, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).

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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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A Mounted Umbrella

WHAT was the use of not leaving it there where it would hang what was the use if there was no chance of ever seeing it come there and show that it was handsome and right in the way it showed it. The lesson is to learn that it does show it, that it shows it and that nothing, that there is nothing, that there is no more to do about it and just so muc

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