Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''Suppose no one asked a question, what would be the answer.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published, Payson and Clarke (1928). "Near East or Chicago A Description," Useful Knowledge, Station Hill Press (1988).
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  • ''War is more like a novel than it is like real life and that is its eternal fascination. It is a thing based on reality but invented, it is a dream made real, all the things that make a novel but not really life.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • ''I am I because my little dog knows me but, creatively speaking the little dog knowing that you are you and your recognising that he knows, that is what destroys creation. That is what makes school.''
    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).
  • ''Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 4, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • ''... a master-piece ... may be unwelcome but it is never dull.''
    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).
  • ''One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • ''One cannot come back too often to the question what is knowledge and to the answer knowledge is what one knows.... Knowledge is the thing you know and how can you know more than you do know.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "What is English Literature," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
  • ''It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable not a sadness and though occurring not a shock.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 2, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • ''As always art is the pulse of a nation.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Paris France, pt. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons (1940).
  • ''The phenomenon of nature is more splendid than the daily events of nature, certainly, so then the twentieth century is splendid.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Picasso, Batsford (1938).

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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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