Quotation by Gertrude Stein

There are many that I know and I know it. They are many
that I know and they know it. They are all of them
themselves and they repeat it and I hear it. Always I
listen to it. Slowly I come to understand it. Many
years I listened and did not know it. I heard it, I
understood it some, I did not know I heard it. They
repeat themselves now and I listen to it. Every way
that they do it now I hear it. Now each time very
slowly I come to understand it. Always it comes very
slowly the completed understanding of it, the
repeating each one does to tell it the whole history of
the being in each one, always now I hear it. Always
now slowly I understand it.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author. (Written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925). The Making of Americans, Something Else Press (1969).
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