Giovonni's Guide for World Conquerors

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“If you care intensely enough, then don’t care whether the others will care. And take care.”
— Gertrude Stein, from a letter to Alice B. Toklas dated 10 March 1910 (via violentwavesofemotion)
“You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting… It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.”
—  Gertrude Stein (via vintageanchorbooks)
“Peel my fear off. Take a brief glimpse on the inside. Get scared. Lie. Run. Off you go.”
— Gertrude Stein, Collected Works (via violentwavesofemotion)
“You practice a false goodness. You make yourself look good, kind. You force yourself to be generous, forgiving. You suppress your jealousies and your angers, turn them against yourself. You show great self-control over them. You must express them, get rid of them, and then find another way to rid yourself of them, but not by repression. For a time, for the present at least, screw repression; act as angrily or vengefully as you wish to.”
— Gertrude Stein, Complete Writings (via violentwavesofemotion)
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
— Gertrude Stein in “Midnight in Paris” (2011)

(Source:, via introspectivepoet)

“We are always the same age inside.”
Gertrude Stein (via feellng)

Everybody’s  Autobiography (1937) - Gertrude Stein


Everybody’s  Autobiography (1937) - Gertrude Stein