Citáty Gertrude Stein

„A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.“

—  Gertrude Stein

"A Circular Play," from Last Operas and Plays (1949) [written in 1920]
Kontext: A beauty is not suddenly in a circle. It comes with rapture. A great deal of beauty is rapture. A circle is a necessity. Otherwise you would see no one. We each have our circle.

„It always did bother me that the American public were more interested in me than in my work.“

—  Gertrude Stein

Zdroj: Everybody’s Autobiography (1937), Ch. 2
Kontext: It always did bother me that the American public were more interested in me than in my work. And after all there is no sense in it because if it were not for my work they would not be interested in me so why should they not be more interested in my work than in me. That is one of the things one has to worry about in America.

„From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional.“

—  Gertrude Stein

"Form and Intelligibility," from The Radcliffe Manuscripts (1949); written in 1894 as an undergraduate at Radcliffe College
Kontext: From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional. If they were not, the world would be at a stand-still and death would speedily ensue. It is one of the tamest of platitudes but it is always introduced by a flourish of trumpets.

„Always it comes very slowly the completed understanding of it, the repeating each one does to tell it the whole history of the being in each one, always now I hear it. Always now slowly I understand it.“

—  Gertrude Stein, kniha The Making of Americans

The Making of Americans (1925)
Kontext: There are many that I know and I know it. They are many that I know and they know it. They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it. Always I listen to it. Slowly I come to understand it. Many years I listened and did not know it. I heard it, I understood it some, I did not know I heard it. They repeat themselves now and I listen to it. Every way that they do it now I hear it. Now each time very slowly I come to understand it. Always it comes very slowly the completed understanding of it, the repeating each one does to tell it the whole history of the being in each one, always now I hear it. Always now slowly I understand it.

„All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation…“

—  Gertrude Stein

Statement quoted by Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast (1964) Ch. 3, it had also provided the epigraph to The Sun Also Rises (1926).
Kontext: All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death.

„Let me listen to me and not to them“

—  Gertrude Stein

Stanzas in Meditation (1932) Stanza VII
Kontext: Let me listen to me and not to them
May I be very well and happy
May I be whichever they can thrive
Or just may they not.
They do not think not only only
But always with prefer
And therefore I like what is mine
For which not only willing but willingly
Because which it matters. They find it one in union.
In union there is strength.

„For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.“

—  Gertrude Stein

Composition as Explanation (1926)
Kontext: For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts. In the history of the refused in the arts and literature the rapidity of the change is always startling.
Kontext: No one is ahead of his time, it is only that the particular variety of creating his time is the one that his contemporaries who are also creating their own time refuse to accept... For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts. In the history of the refused in the arts and literature the rapidity of the change is always startling.

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

—  Gertrude Stein

Varianta: Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
Zdroj: Everybody’s Autobiography (1937), Ch.1

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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