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

Men and girls, men and girls: Artificial swine and pearls.
- 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

If you can do it then why do it?
- 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

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- 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

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

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

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

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

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

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

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

What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?
- 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

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

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

It is very easy to love alone.
- 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

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

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

History takes time.
History makes memory.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- 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

Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
- 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 so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable
not a sadness and though occurring not a shock.
- Gertrude Stein

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

A diary means yes indeed.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks are not literature.
- 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

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.
- 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

Romance is everything.
- Gertrude Stein

A real failure does not need an excuse.
It is an end in itself.
- 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 deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the
bad luck that follows boasting.
- Gertrude Stein

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

There is no there there.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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


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