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Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Gertrude Stein
Engrave this Quote What is the answer? she asked, and when no answer came she laughed and said: Then, what is the question?
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America
Engrave this Quote In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
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-Gertrude Stein, The Geographical History of America (1936)
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Art
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Remarks are not literature.
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Class
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Common Sense
Engrave this Quote Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
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-Gertrude Stein, Reflection on the Atomic Bomb 1973, Volume I
Communism
Engrave this Quote Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
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Desires
Engrave this Quote I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.
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Future, The
Engrave this Quote It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
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Genius
Engrave this Quote It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Imitation
Engrave this Quote Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
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Independence
Engrave this Quote Let me listen to myself and not to them.
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Last Words
Engrave this Quote What is the answer? Silence In that case, what is the question?
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Maturity
Engrave this Quote One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.
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Men
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Money
Engrave this Quote Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying.
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Engrave this Quote Money is always there but the pockets change.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Sleep
Engrave this Quote When I sleep I sleep and do not dream because it is as well that I am what I seem when I am in my bed and dream.
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-Gertrude Stein, Originally published by Plain Edition (1931). Before the Flowers of Friendship Faded Friendship Faded, stz. 18, The Major Works of Gertrude Stein, Hon-no-Tomosha (1993).

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