Gertrude Stein Quotes (174 quotes)
Wars I Have Seen (1945)
“What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.”
Last Operas and Plays (1995 edition), Taylor & Francis - ISBN: 9780801849855
Last words (1946-07-27) as told by Alice B. Toklas in What Is Remembered (1963)
“From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional. If they were not, the world would be at a stand-still and death would speedily ensue. It is one of the tamest of platitudes but it is always introduced by a flourish of trumpets.”
Form and Intelligibility, from The Radcliffe Manuscripts (1949); written in 1894 as an undergraduate at Radcliffe College
“The whole duty of man consists in being reasonable and just... I am reasonable because I know the difference between understanding and not understanding and I am just because I have no opinion about things I don't understand.”
Manuscript (1903), published in Q.E.D. Book 1, from Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings (1971)
“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.”
A Circular Play, from Last Operas and Plays (1949) [written in 1920]
If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1923). First published in Vanity Fair.
“All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death.”
Statement quoted by Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast (1964) Ch. 3, it had also provided the epigraph to The Sun Also Rises (1926).
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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.
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