Gertrude Stein

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

Gertrude Stein Quotes

  • ''Language as a real thing is not imitation either of sounds or colors or emotions it is an intellectual recreation and there is no possible doubt about it and it is going to go on being that as long as humanity is anything.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Poetry and Grammar," Lectures in America, Random House (1935).
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  • ''It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she "allures" us to our death.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1915). "Possessive Case," As Fine As Melanctha, Yale University Press (1954).
  • ''Honesty is a selfish virtue. Yes I am honest enough.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903), originally published as Things As They Are 1950. "Q.E.D.," bk. 1, Fernhurst, Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings, Liveright (1971).
  • ''The whole duty of man consists in being reasonable and just.... I am reasonable because I know the difference between understanding and not understanding and I am just because I have no opinion about things I I don't understand.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903). Q.E.D., book 1, Fernhurst, Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings, Liveright (1971).
  • ''Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted by Thornton Wilder in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).
  • ''Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted by Thornton Wilder in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).
  • ''All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted in A Moveable Feast, ch. 3, Ernest Hemingway (1964). Remark to Hemingway, used by him as the epigraph in The Sun Also Rises (1926).
  • ''Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted in Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography, ch. 20 (1964).
  • ''In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted in Frederic Prokosch, Voices: A Memoir, "Style," (1983). said to author and poet Frederic Prokosch. Prokosch had paid a visit to Stein in Paris, asking her opinion of the city. "Alice [B. Toklas] deplores the public urinals," Stein explained. "I keep explaining to Alice that the Parisians are all wine-drinkers and for a gentleman the bladder is more restless than for a lady."
  • ''Do not forget birthdays. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1924). "A Birthday Book," Alphabets and Birthdays, Yale University Press (1957).

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Best Poem of Gertrude Stein


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

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