103+ Best Gertrude Stein Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Allegheny West neighborhood and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. Profoundly inspirational Gertrude Stein quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Gertrude Stein Quotes

We are always the same age inside. — Gertrude Stein

I have declared that patience is never more than patient. I too have declared, that I who am not patient am patient. — Gertrude Stein

I could undertake to be an efficient pupil if it were possible to find an efficient teacher. — Gertrude Stein

That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back, when one is out walking one wants not to go back the way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back. — Gertrude Stein

There is no such thing as being good to your wife. — Gertrude Stein

It is very easy to love alone. — Gertrude Stein

Human beings are interested in two things. They are interested in the reality and interested in telling about it. — Gertrude Stein

An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work. — Gertrude Stein

I think the reason I am important is that I know everything. — Gertrude Stein

Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying. — Gertrude Stein

The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it, the world is the world as a duchess sees it, and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth was not there as the peasant sees it. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage. — Gertrude Stein

Literature – creative literature – unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable. — Gertrude Stein

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

Generally speaking, everyone is more interesting doing nothing than doing anything. — Gertrude Stein

The nineteenth century was completely lacking in logic, it had cosmic terms and hopes, and aspirations, and discoveries, and ideals but it had no logic. — Gertrude Stein

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting. — Gertrude Stein

You’ll be old and you never lived, and you kind of feel silly to lie down and die and to never have lived, to have been a job chaser and never have lived. — Gertrude Stein

What is the answer? In that case, what is the question? — Gertrude Stein

The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not. — Gertrude Stein

Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded. — Gertrude Stein

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. — Gertrude Stein

It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business. — Gertrude Stein

I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. It’s better to be rich. — Gertrude Stein

Just as everybody has the vote including women, I think children should, because as a child is conscious of itself then it has to me an existence and has a stake in what happens. — Gertrude Stein

If you can do it then why do it? — Gertrude Stein

Men and girls, men and girls: Artificial swine and pearls. — Gertrude Stein

There is too much fathering going on just now and there is no doubt about it fathers are depressing. — Gertrude Stein

Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself. — Gertrude Stein

Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know. — Gertrude Stein

Let me listen to me and not to them. — Gertrude Stein

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping. — Gertrude Stein

Name any name and then remember everybody you ever knew who bore that name. Are they all alike. I think so. — Gertrude Stein

Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. — Gertrude Stein

One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come. — Gertrude Stein

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?’ — Gertrude Stein

Hemingway’s remarks are not literature. — Gertrude Stein

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen. — Gertrude Stein

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

A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself. — Gertrude Stein

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

There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more. — Gertrude Stein

Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything. — Gertrude Stein

It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable not a sadness and though occurring not a shock. — Gertrude Stein

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. — Gertrude Stein

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them. — Gertrude Stein

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

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is. — Gertrude Stein

Remarks are not literature. — Gertrude Stein

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed. — Gertrude Stein

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

Money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer. — Gertrude Stein

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. — Gertrude Stein

What is music. A passion for colonies not a love of country. — Gertrude Stein

Supposing everyone lived at one time what would they say. They would observe that stringing string beans is universal. — Gertrude Stein

This is the lesson that history teaches: repetition. — Gertrude Stein

In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal. — Gertrude Stein

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family. — Gertrude Stein

The difference between saints, forget-me-nots, and mountains, have to, have to, have to at a time. — Gertrude Stein

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

I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it. — Gertrude Stein

Do not forget birthdays. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population. — Gertrude Stein

History takes time. History makes memory. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken. — Gertrude Stein

America is my country and Paris is my hometown. — Gertrude Stein

Romance is everything. — Gertrude Stein

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. — Gertrude Stein

Action and reaction are equal and opposite. — Gertrude Stein

A house in the country is not the same as a country house. — Gertrude Stein

Men cannot count, they do not know that two and two make four if women do not tell them so. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

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

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. — Gertrude Stein

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. — Gertrude Stein

A masterpiece… may be unwelcome but it is never dull. — Gertrude Stein

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

Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question. — Gertrude Stein

Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing I am not really there to believe. — Gertrude Stein

If you are looking down while you are walking it is better to walk up hill the ground is nearer. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost. — Gertrude Stein

Very likely education does not make very much difference. — Gertrude Stein

There is no there there. — Gertrude Stein

Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening. — Gertrude Stein

A diary means yes indeed. — Gertrude Stein

Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air. — Gertrude Stein

I don’t envisage collectivism. There is no such animal, it is always individualism, sometimes the rest vote and sometimes they do not, and if they do they do and if they do not they do not. — Gertrude Stein

Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman in this epoch does the important literary thinking. — Gertrude Stein

To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write. — Gertrude Stein

The thing that differentiates man from animals is money. — Gertrude Stein

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. — Gertrude Stein

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