Quotes by Gertrude Stein


Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
– Gertrude Stein
Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.
– Gertrude Stein
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
– Gertrude Stein
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
– Gertrude Stein
In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
– Gertrude Stein
When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
– Gertrude Stein
What is music. A passion for colonies not a love of country.
– Gertrude Stein
What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.
– Gertrude Stein
We are always the same age inside.
– Gertrude Stein
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
– Gertrude Stein
Very likely education does not make very much difference.
– Gertrude Stein
This is the lesson that history teaches: repetition.
– Gertrude Stein
There is too much fathering going on just now and there is no doubt about it fathers are depressing.
– Gertrude Stein
There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.
– Gertrude Stein
The thing that differentiates man from animals is money.
– Gertrude Stein
The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not.
– Gertrude Stein
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
That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back, when one is out walking one wants not to go back the way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.
– Gertrude Stein
Romance is everything.
– Gertrude Stein
Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.
– Gertrude Stein