Gertrude Stein

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It is a basic
scientific principle
that sex is like air

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America grinds
her teeth at night in cosmic
disillusionment

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Reality is
good but I like to sit with
my back turned to it

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Everybody gets
so much information they
don’t do anything

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I do want to get
rich but I don’t want to be
counting my money

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A writer should write
and a painter should paint . . . But
not in the same house

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Communists believe
in collectivism . . .  And I
believe in flowers

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It is the soothing
thing about history that
it takes so much time

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It takes a lot of
money to be a genius
in America

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Literature is
a daily miracle of
faded memory

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Art is an end in
itself . . . It is unconcerned
with what you believe

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The earth is the earth
as Picasso sees it . . . A
peasant doesn’t count

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Marriage will destroy
the family . . . I cannot
help defending it

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It is always a
mistake to have a war in
Switzerland . . . So dull!

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Hemingway’s work looks
so promising until one
sees the old swine drunk

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War is like dancing
with country-poor German girls
in a urinal

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Do not forget the
birthdays of vegetables . . .
Except for string beans

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