Gertrude Stein Quotes (174 quotes)
From the lecture "The Gradual Making of The Making of Americans", 1934-1935. Published by Random House, 1935: "... because after all I know I really do know that it can be done and if it can be done why do it."
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
Reflections on the Atom Bomb (1946)
As quoted in The American Treasury, 1455-1955 (1955) edited by Clifton Fadiman, p. 946
“[Of Ernest Hemingway:] Anyone who marries three girls from St. Louis hasn't learned much.”
As quoted in: James R. Mellow, Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company (1974)
Libretto for the opera The Mother Of Us All by Virgil Thomson (1947), from Last Operas and Plays (1949)
“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.”
Wars I Have Seen (1945)
“Pigeons on the grass alas.
Pigeons on the grass alas.
Short longer grass short longer longer shorter yellow grass.
Pigeons large pigeons on the shorter longer yellow grass alas pigeons on the grass.”
Four Saints in Three Acts (1927) - Operas and Plays (1932)
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Born: February 3, 1874
Died: July 29, 1946 (aged 72)
Occupation: Author, writer, poet
Bio: Gertrude Stein was an American writer, poet, and art collector who spent most of her life in France.