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A list of the best Gertrude Stein quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Gertrude Stein quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Gertrude Stein quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Gertrude Stein should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Gertrude Stein quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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There is no there there. Gertrude Stein

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

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

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Let me listen to myself and not to them. Gertrude Stein

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Kate McCallum added There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

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

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What is the answer? she asked, and when no answer came she laughed and said: Then, what is the question? Gertrude Stein

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Remarks are not literature. Gertrude Stein

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The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is. Gertrude Stein

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What was the use of my having come from Oakland it was not natural to have come from there yes write about it if I like or anything if I like but not there, there is no there there. Gertrude Stein

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It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. Gertrude Stein

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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

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Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are. Gertrude Stein

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Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting. Gertrude Stein

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Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood. Gertrude Stein

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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

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The minute you or anybody else knows what you are you are not it, you are what you or anybody else knows you are and as everything in living is made up of finding out what you are it is extraordinarily difficult really not to know what you are and yet to be that thing. Gertrude Stein

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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

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I simply contend that the middle-class ideal which demands that people be affectionate, respectable, honest and content, that they avoid excitements and cultivate serenity is the ideal that appeals to me, it is in short the ideal of affectionate family life, of honorable business methods. Gertrude Stein

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

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A writer must always try to have a philosophy and he should also have a psychology and a philology and many other things. Without a philosophy and a psychology and all these various other things he is not really worthy of being called a writer. I agree with Kant and Schopenhauer and Plato and Spinoza and that is quite enough to be called a philosophy. But then of course a philosophy is not the same thing as a style. Gertrude Stein

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Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying. Gertrude Stein

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The United States is just now the oldest country in the world, there always is an oldest country and she is it, it is she who is the mother of the twentieth century civilization. She began to feel herself as it just after the Civil War. And so it is a country the right age to have been born in and the wrong age to live in. Gertrude Stein

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Money is always there but the pockets change. Gertrude Stein