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Gertrude Stein

It is remarkable how quickly they learn
But if they learn and it is very remarkable how quickly they learn
It makes not only but by and by  
And they may not only be not here  
But not there
Which after all makes no difference
After all this does not make any does not make any difference…

— Gertrude Stein, from “Stanzas in Meditation: Stanza 2,” Stanzas in Meditation. (Sun & Moon Press; 1st edition, April 1, 2000)  Originally published April 1st 1994.

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