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Published Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 7:12 AM EDT
Jul 27 2012

Quotes of the day- Gertrude Stein:
Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American writer, poet, and art collector who spent most of her life in France. The youngest of a family of five children, she was born February 3, 1874, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (merged with Pittsburgh in 1907) to upper-class German Jewish parents, Daniel and Amelia Stein. Her father was a railroad executive whose investments in streetcar lines and real estate made the family wealthy. (Click for full article.)

A house in the country is not the same as a country house.

A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.

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.

Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really frightening.

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

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.

History takes time... History makes memory.

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

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.

I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.

If you can do it then why do it?

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.

It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.

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.

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.

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

Let me listen to me and not to them.

Money is always there, but the pockets change.

Pigeons on the grass alas.

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.

Romance is everything.

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.

The deepest thing in any one is the conviction of the bad luck that follows boasting.

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.

There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

There is no there there. (Referring to her childhood in Oakland.)

Very likely education does not make very much difference.

We are always the same age inside.

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.

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