Literary Birthday – 3 February – Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was born 3 February 1874, and died 27 July 1946.

Gertrude Stein: Top 10 Quotes

  1. If you can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.
  2. We are always the same age inside.
  3. 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.
  4. Remarks are not literature.
  5. I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.
  6. I think one is naturally impressed by anything having a beginning, a middle, and an ending when one is beginning writing and that it is a natural thing because when one is emerging from adolescence, which is really when one first begins writing one feels that one would not have been one emerging from adolescence if there had not been a beginning and a middle and an ending to anything.
  7. Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.
  8. You have to know what you want to get it.
  9. A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
  10. To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write.

Gertrude Stein was an American author. She moved to Paris in 1903, embarking on a legendary literary career that produced works such as Tender Buttonsand Three Lives. Her book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas became a literary best-seller and elevated her from the obscurity of a cult literary figure into the mainstream. Stein was an art collector and the host of a salon that included expatriate writers like Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Ezra Pound.

Source for Image: Carl Van Vechten, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd February 2013