16 Slightly Absurd Quotes by Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946), American author of experimental prose and poetry, had a way with words —many, many words. Many were beautiful and wise; and just as many were delightfully perplexing — and downright absurd (but in a good way).

Stein is considered one of the most significant writers of the early twentieth century. Though some consider her writing incoherent or weird, others view it as a singular voice. Here are a few favorites of the each variety in this selection of quotes by Gertrude Stein.


“Nothing is more interesting than that something that you eat.”


“Whenever you get there, there is no there there.”


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


“The thing that differentiates man from animals is money.”


“A little artist has all the tragic unhappiness and the sorrows of a great artist and he is not a great artist.”


“One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.”


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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.”


“We are always the same age inside.”


“A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.”


“We are always the same age inside.”


“You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous when you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.”


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“Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous.”


“I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.”


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


“It takes a heap of loafing to write a book.”


“Literature — creative literature — unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.”


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