Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop— Gertrude Stein
The most unforgettable Gertrude Stein quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
You'll be old and you never lived, and you kind of feel silly to lie down and die and to never have lived, to have been a job chaser and never have lived.
You are all a lost generation.
A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown.
Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think.
It's a lot more than just a drink; it's something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.
A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.
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.
That is what you are. That's what you all are...All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.
Love: the skillful audacity required to share an inner life.
Let me listen to myself and not to them.
Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realise the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.
Forensics is eloquence and reduction.
When in a museum, walk slowly but keep walking.
We are always the same age inside.
After all everybody, that is, everybody who writes is interested in living inside themselves in order to tell what is inside themselves. That is why writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they live really. The second one is romantic, is is separate from themselves, it is not real but it is really there.
If the communication is perfect, the words have life, and that is all there is to good writing, putting down on the paper words which dance and weep and make love and fight and kiss and perform miracles.
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers' granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work.
I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius.
You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
Money is always there but the pockets change.
art is the pulse of a nation.
I know what Germans are. They are a funny people. They are always choosing someone to lead them in a direction which they do not want to go.
Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.
What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.
I could never be one of two I could never be two in one as married couples do and can, I am but one all one, one and all one, and so I have never been married to any one.
You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!
It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
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.
You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle.
Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
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.
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.
Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.
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.
This is the lesson that history teaches: repetition.
Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone.
You have to know what you want. And if it seems to take you off the track, don't hold back, because perhaps that is instinctively where you want to be. And if you hold back and try to be always where you have been before, you will go dry.
I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.
Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
I don't envisage collectivism. There is no such animal, it is always individualism, sometimes the rest vote and sometimes they do not, and if they do they do and if they do not they do not.
Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.