Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''There is no such thing as being good to your wife.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1917). "Marry Nettie," Painted Lace, Yale University Press (1955).
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  • ''Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them," (1936). Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was an original and influential visual artist, the painter of a famous portrait of Stein, and her friend.
  • ''... nothing could bother me more than the way a thing goes dead once it has been said.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).
  • ''If you are looking down while you are walking it is better to walk up hill the ground is nearer.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. IV, Yale University Press (1952).
  • ''... to know what one knows is frightening to live what one lives is soothing and though everybody likes to be frightened what they really have to have is soothing ...''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).
  • ''There is a difference between twenty-nine and thirty. When you are twenty-nine it can be the beginning of everything. When you are thirty it can be the end of everything.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. IV, Yale University Press (1952).
  • ''One of the things that I discovered in lecturing was that gradually one ceased to hear what one said one heard what the audience hears one say.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).
  • ''The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1940-1943). Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, pt. I, Yale University Press (1952).
  • ''... governing is occupying but not interesting, governments are occupying but not interesting ...''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).
  • ''The essence of being a genius is to be able to talk and listen to listen while talking and talk while listening but and this is very important very important indeed talking has nothing to do with creation.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them," What Are Masterpieces, Conference Press (1940). First given as a lecture at Cambridge, England, 1936.

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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 Frightful Release

A BAG which was left and not only taken but turned away was not found. The place was shown to be very like the last time. A piece was not exchanged, not a bit of it, a piece was left over. The rest was mismanaged.

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