Gertrude Stein

(3 February 1874 – 27 July 1946 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

Quotations

  • ''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 (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
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  • ''It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1923). "As Eighty," Bee Time Vine, Yale University Press (1953).
  • ''Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949). Originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947).
  • ''Men cannot count, they do not know that two and two make four if women do not tell them so.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
  • ''A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. As quoted in What Are Masterpieces, afterword, by Robert Haas (1970). Said in a January 1946 interview with Haas.
  • ''Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
  • ''I have declared that patience is never more than patient. I too have declared, that I who am not patient am patient.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
  • ''I like a thing simple but it must be simple through complication. Everything must come into your scheme, otherwise you cannot achieve real simplicity.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. As quoted in What Are Masterpieces, Afterword, by Robert Haas (1970). Said in a January 1946 interview with Haas.
  • ''Men ... are so conservative, so selfish, so boresome, and ... they are so ugly, and ... they are
    gullible, anybody can convince them.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947). The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).
  • ''Human beings are interested in two things. They are interested in the reality and interested in telling about it.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. As quoted in What Are Masterpieces, afterword, by Robert Haas (1970). Said in a January 1946 interview with Haas.

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Stanzas in Meditation

She may count three little daisies very well
By multiplying to either six nine or fourteen
Or she can be well mentioned as twelve
Which they may like which they can like soon
Or more than ever which they wish as a button
Just as much as they arrange which they wish
Or they can attire where they need as which say
Can they call a hat or a hat a day
Made merry because it is so.

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