Gertrude Stein

Gertrude
Stein
1874
1946

American Poet, Novelist, Critic

Author Quotes

You have to learn to do everything, even to die.

You look ridiculous if you dance.

You look ridiculous if you don't dance.

You should only read what is truly good or frankly bad.

You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place

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.

There is no point in being realistic about here and now, no use at all not any, and so it is not the nineteenth but the twentieth century, there is no realism now, life is not real it is not earnest, it is strange which is an entirely different matter.

This is the place of places and it is here.

What is a sentence. A sentence is left to be alright and therefor (sic) they are barely here.

You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!

There is no pulse so sure of the state of a nation as its characteristic art product which has nothing to do with its material life.

To a specialist his specialty is the whole of everything and if his specialty is in good order and it generally is then everything must be succeeding.

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

You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle.

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

To be regularly gay was to do every day the gay thing that they did every day. To be regularly gay was to end every day at the same time after they had been regularly gay. They were regularly gay. They were gay every day. They ended every day in the same way, at the same time, and they had been every day regularly gay.

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

You attract what you need like a lover

There is no reason why a king should be rich or a rich man should be a king, no reason at all.

To complicate things in new ways, that is really very easy; but to see things in new ways, that is difficult and that is why genius is so rare.

What was the use of my having come from Oakland it was not natural to have come from there yes write about if I like or anything if I like but not there, there is no there there.

You can either buy clothes or buy pictures.

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

To know to know to love her so. Four saints prepare for saints.

When I said. "A rose is a rose is a rose." And then later made that into a ring I made poetry and what did I do? I caressed completely caressed and addressed a noun.

Author Picture
First Name
Gertrude
Last Name
Stein
Birth Date
1874
Death Date
1946
Bio

American Poet, Novelist, Critic