Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
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  • ''The thing that is most interesting about government servants is that they believe what they are supposed to believe, they really do believe what they are supposed to believe.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''The contemporary thing in art and literature is the thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. In How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas (1974). "How Writing Is Written," Choate Literary Magazine (February 1935).
  • ''The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. repr. In How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas (1974). "I Came and Here I Am," Cosmopolitan (New York, Feb. 1936).
  • ''... to a specialist his specialty is the whole of everything and if his specialty is in good order and it generally is then everything must be succeeding.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''If nobody knows you that does not argue that you be unknown, nobody knew Ida when they no longer lived in Boston but that did not mean that she was unknown.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Ida, pt. 6, Random House (1941).
  • ''What is music. A passion for colonies not a love of country.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1916). "Let Us Be Easily Careful," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
  • ''Supposing everyone lived at one time what would they say. They would observe that stringing string beans is universal.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published Paris, Plain Edition (1930). Lucy Church Amiably, ch. 2, Something Else Press (1969).
  • ''... the one thing that everybody wants is to be free, to talk to eat to drink to walk to think, to please, to wish, and to do it now.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.
  • ''A conversation in English in Finnish and in French can not be held at the same time nor with indifference ever or after a time.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "Marguerite or a Simple Novel of High Life," Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, Yale University Press (1952).

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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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