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date: 06 July 2020

Gertrude Stein 1874–1946
American writer 

  1. Remarks are not literature.
    Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) ch. 7
  2. Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening!
    Everybody's Autobiography (1937)
  3. There is no there there.
    on her hometown of Oakland, California, often misquoted as being said of Los Angeles
    Everybody's Autobiography (1937)
  4. Pigeons on the grass alas.
    Four Saints in Three Acts (1934) act 3, sc. 2
  5. In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
    The Geographical History of America (1936)
  6. Disillusionment in living is the finding out nobody agrees with you not those that are and were fighting with you. Disillusionment in living is the finding out nobody agrees with you not those that are fighting for you. Complete disillusionment is when you realise that no one can for they can't change.
    Making of Americans (1934)
  7. Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
    Reflection on the Atomic Bomb (1946)
  8. Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, is a rose.
    Sacred Emily (1913)
  9. Money is always there but the pockets change.
    Wars I Have Seen (1945)
  10. You are all a lost generation.
    of the young who served in the First World War
    phrase borrowed (in translation) from a French garage mechanic, whom Stein heard address it disparagingly to an incompetent apprentice; epigraph to Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises (1926)
  11. Just before she [Stein] died she asked, ‘What is the answer?’ No answer came. She laughed and said, ‘In that case what is the question?’ Then she died.
    last words; Donald Sutherland Gertrude Stein, A Biography of her Work (1951)