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“One must dare to be happy. ”
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“We are always the same age inside. ”
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“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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“Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. ”
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“You look ridiculous if you dance
You look ridiculous if you don't dance
So you might as well
dance.”
Gertrude Stein, Three Lives
“If you can't say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.”
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“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
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“You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place
between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting...

It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.”
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“In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.”
Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons
tags: life
“There ain't no answer.
There ain't gonna be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
There's your answer.”
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“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing. ”
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“A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.”
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“it is nice that nobody writes as they talk and that the printed language is different from the spoken otherwise you could not lose yourself in books and of course you do you completely do.”
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“Let me listen to me and not to them.”
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“You attract what you need like a lover”
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“Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?”
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“I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to get rich. ”
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“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.”
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“There is no such thing as repetition. Only insistance. ”
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“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. ”
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“You have to know what you want to get it.”
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“If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”
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“America is my country, and Paris is my home town.”
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“You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!”
Gertrude Stein, Everybody's Autobiography
“Coffee is 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”
Gertrude Stein, Selected Writings
“You are all a lost generation.”
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“Whenever you get there, there is no there there.”
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“Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous”
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“It takes a heap of loafing to write a book.”
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“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.”
Gertrude Stein, Paris France

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