for me the immortality of gertrude stein probably has more to do with her art collection and the company she kept than her writing, but be that as it may, she did have something very succinct about her and a mouthful about nearly everything; which i can totally identify with.
‘i am very busy finding out what people mean by what they say.’
‘considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.’
‘the ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.’
‘the way to resume is to resume. if you knew it all it would not be creation but dictation’
‘there ain’t no answer. there ain’t going to be any answer. there never has been an answer. that’s the answer.’
‘if you can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.’