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Quotations From GERTRUDE STEIN

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  • 101.
    A beauty is not suddenly in a circle. It comes with rapture. A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1920), originally published in Last Operas and Plays (1949). "A Circular Play," A Stein Reader, ed. Ulla E. Dydo, Northwestern University Press (1993).

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  • 102.
    One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Letter, May 22, 1925, to author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • 103.
    Very likely education does not make very much difference.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published in New York Herald Tribune (Mar 16, 1935). "American Education and Colleges," How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).

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  • 104.
    History takes time.... History makes memory.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).

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  • 105.
    Remarks are not literature.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, ch. 7, Harcourt Brace and Company (1933).
  • 106.
    I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Sentences," How to Write, Plain Edition (1931).
  • 107.
    Romance is everything.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published by Payson & Clark (1928). "Advertisement," Useful Knowledge, Station Hill Press (1988).

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  • 108.
    It is not what France gave you but what it did not take from you that was important.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936). Born, raised, and educated in America, Stein settled in Paris.
  • 109.
    ... living in England does not free the American the way living in France frees him because the french [sic] and the American do not have the sense of going on together, from the beginning they know that there is no going on together no past present and future ...
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936). Born, raised, and educated in America, Stein settled in Paris, where she built her reputation as an innovative writer and patron of young artists and avant-garde art.

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  • 110.
    In the United States there is more space where nobody is is than where anybody is.
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).
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