"What is music. A passion for colonies not a love of country."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Gertrude Stein on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Gertrude Stein on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Gertrude Stein on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Gertrude Stein on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Gertrude Stein on Ray Charles
"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."