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Gertrude Stein Quotes

(1874-1946), American Author

Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.

Category: America

The United States is just now the oldest country in the world, there always is an oldest country and she is it, it is she who is the mother of the twentieth century civilization. She began to feel herself as it just after the Civil War. And so it is a country the right age to have been born in and the wrong age to live in.

Category: America

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

Everybody gets so much common information all day long that they lose their common sense.

Category: Common Sense

Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.

Category: Communism And Socialism

I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.

Category: Desire

What is the answer? [Silence] In that case, what is the question?

Category: Famous Last Words

It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.

Category: Future

It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

Category: Genius

The minute you or anybody else knows what you are you are not it, you are what you or anybody else knows you are and as everything in living is made up of finding out what you are it is extraordinarily difficult really not to know what you are and yet to be that thing.

Category: Identity

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.

Category: Imitation

Remarks are not literature.

Category: Literature

One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.

Category: Maturity

It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.

Category: Men

I simply contend that the middle-class ideal which demands that people be affectionate, respectable, honest and content, that they avoid excitements and cultivate serenity is the ideal that appeals to me, it is in short the ideal of affectionate family life, of honorable business methods.

Category: Middle Class