"Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gertrude Stein on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gertrude Stein on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Gertrude Stein on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gertrude Stein on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gertrude Stein on Robert Frost
"We are always the same age inside."
"It is very easy to love alone."
"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."
"A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears."
"The contemporary thing in art and literature is the thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it."