Gertrude Stein Quotes

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) 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 in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse, would meet.

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

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There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

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We are always the same age inside.

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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.

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

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

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In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.

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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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Just before she died she asked, What is the answer? No answer came. She laughed and said, In that case, what is the question? Then she died.

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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.

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It is not what France gave you but what it did not take from you that was important.

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Honesty is a selfish virtue. Yes I am honest enough.

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Let me listen to me and not to them.

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America is my country and Paris is my hometown.

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