Monday, November 21, 2005




"When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that."
~Gertrude Stein~




Andy Warhol

Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century:
Gertrude Stein
. 1980, 40 x 32"

3 comments:

Jules said...

I just don't agree. I know people who never ever want to be alone and never want me to be alone either! I can't stand it! I love being alone!
Some races are just gregarious by nature as I see it.

Stardust said...

I think Stein was generalizing people, and for the most part saying "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence" and always wanting opposite of what they have. There are those few who like being alone, and others who are terrified of being alone. Some are alone by choice, other's had no say in the matter - like childless widows and widowers, the elderly and ill who are confined to hospital or convalescent homes. Knowing Stein's works, I think she understands this complexity with people, but the quote actually is referring to "you can't please everyone."

Stardust said...

By the way Jules...thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It's nice to have someone show an interest. I have visited your blog too and find it very interesting.