Gertrude Stein Quotes

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.

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.

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

It is a difficult thing to like anybody else’s ideas of being funny.

This is the lesson that history teaches: history teaches.

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.

I am I because my little dog knows me but, creatively speaking the little dog knowing that you are you and your recognizing that he knows, that is what destroys creation. That is what makes school.

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

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.

The pleasure of literature is having it all inside you. It is the one thing that one can have inside oneself.