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45+ Famous Gertrude Stein Quotes, Sayings & Quotations

Read and Share Famous Gertrude Stein Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Slogans etc. Enjoy These Gertrude Stein Quotes By Sharing With Your Friends, Relatives and Love One’s On Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Gmail, etc. Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris

Famous Gertrude Stein Quotes

“Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.”

“Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.”

“Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.”

“Do not forget birthdays. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population.”

“Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know.”

“Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.”

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

“Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”

“Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.”

“Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”

“Generally speaking, everyone is more interesting doing nothing than doing anything.”

“Hemingway’s remarks are not literature.”

“History takes time. History makes memory.”

“Human beings are interested in two things. They are interested in the reality and interested in telling about it.”

“I could undertake to be an efficient pupil if it were possible to find an efficient teacher.”

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

“I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.”

“I have declared that patience is never more than patient. I too have declared, that I who am not patient am patient.”

Remarkable Gertrude Stein Quotes

“I know what Germans are. They are a funny people. They are always choosing someone to lead them in a direction which they do not want to go.”

“I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.”

“I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing I am not really there to believe.”

“I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.”

“If you are looking down while you are walking it is better to walk up hill the ground is nearer.”

“If you can do it then why do it?”

“In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal.”

“In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.”


“Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question.”

“A diary means yes indeed.”

“A house in the country is not the same as a country house.”

“A masterpiece… may be unwelcome but it is never dull.”

“A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.”

“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.”

“A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.”

“Action and reaction are equal and opposite.”

“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”

“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.”

Great Gertrude Stein Quotes

“An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work.”

“Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.”

“Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.”

“But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses, I still don’t get young men standing up and saying, ‘How can I combine career and family?'”

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

“It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.”

“It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.”

“It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them.”

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

“It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realise the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.”

“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.”

“It is natural not to care about a sister certainly not when she is four years older and grinds her teeth at night.”

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