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“This space is usually reserved for a brief description of a book’s contents. In this case, however, I must admit frankly that I do not know what Miss Stein is talking about. I do not even understand the title.

I admire Miss Stein tremendously, and I like to publish her books, although most of the time I do not know what she is driving at. That, Miss Stein tells me, is because I am dumb.

I note that one of my partners and I are characters in this latest work of Miss Stein’s. Both of us wish we knew what she was saying about us. Both of us hope too that her faithful followers will make more of this book than we were able to!”

(Bennet Cerf’s “Publisher’s Note” on Gertrude Stein’s Geographical History of America or the Relation of Human Nature to the Human Mind in 1936)
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A new member on GAFF, Rhet O. Ric, made his introductory post in the "Hi! I'm New!" thread, revealing two excellent quotations in his sig:

The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. -Oscar Wilde

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily, that is what tragedy means. -Tom Stoppard


I saluted his choice, and offered one of my own:

The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel. -- Horace Walpole

Great, now I want to waste a couple of hours online hunting down great quotations... there are SO many out there.
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