in the study
of the laboratory
congealed to phrases
a radium of the word
– Mina Loy (Corpses and Geniuses, ‘Gertrude Stein’)
What is the use of a violent kind of delightfulness if there is no pleasure in not getting tired of it. The question does not come before there is a quotation. In any kind of place there is a top to covering and it is a pleasure at any rate there is some venturing in refusing to believe nonsense. It shows what use there is in a whole piece if one uses it and it is extreme and very likely the little things could be dearer but in any case there is a bargain and if there is the best thing to do is to take it away and wear it and then be reckless be reckless and resolved on returning gratitude.
– Gertrude Stein (Tender Buttons, ‘A Substance in a Cushion’)