Gertrude Stein, Writer and Thinker (Google eBook)
"This study offers a guided commentary on the about and the "literariness" of her works which helps the reader to understand and appreciate her writing and thinking. Exploring Stein's figures of thought within the context of the philosophies of William James and A. N. Whitehead and considering the aesthetic and ethical significance of texts of all phases and genres of her writing, this commentary convinces us that Stein was indeed one of the 20th century's most original and complex authors."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Page 71 - The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an "objective correlative"; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion; such that when the external facts, which must terminate in sensory experience, are given, the emotion is immediately evoked.
Page 60 - To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life. In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits: for, after all, habit is relative to a stereotyped world, and meantime it is only the roughness of the eye that makes any two persons, things, situations, seem alike.
Page 53 - ... the knower is not simply a mirror floating with no foot-hold anywhere, and passively reflecting an order that he comes upon and finds simply existing. The knower is an actor, and coefficient of the truth on one side, whilst on the other he registers the truth which he helps to create. Mental interests, hypotheses, postulates, so far as they are bases for human action — action which to a great extent transforms the world — help to make the truth which they declare. In other words, there belongs...
Page 65 - The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle.