The family is always the family but during vacations it is an extended family and that is exhausting.
GERTRUDE STEIN, Paris, France
America is my country and Paris is my home town and it is as it has come to be.
GERTRUDE STEIN, An American in Paris
Propaganda is not French, it is not civilized to want other people to believe what you believe because the essence of being civilised is to possess yourself as you are, and if you possess yourself as you are you of course cannot possess any one else, it is not your business.
GERTRUDE STEIN, Paris France
Is it necessary that actuality is tempered and neglect is rolled. A little piece. The blame which makes a coping out of a cellar and into a curtain and behind behind a frontyard is that then. Please dust.
GERTRUDE STEIN, "A Sweet Tail (Gypsies)"
Find your own way, open your treasure house, invent your own answer to the chaos.
GERTRUDE STEIN, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing
A long war like this makes you realise the society you really prefer, the home, goats chickens and dogs and casual acquaintances. I find myself not caring at all for gardens flowers or vegetables cats cows and rabbits, one gets tired of trees vines and hills, but houses, goats chickens dogs and casual acquaintances never pall.
GERTRUDE STEIN, Wars I Have Seen