No one is ahead of his time, it is only that the particular variety of creating his time is the one that his contemporaries who are also creating their own time refuse to accept.... For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts. In the history of the refused in the arts and literature the rapidity of the change is always startling.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author. Originally published in England, Hogarth Press (1926). "Composition As Explanation," Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. by Carl Van Vechten, Random House (1946).
First given as a lecture at Cambridge and Oxford, 1926.