Quotes by Brenda Ueland

Brenda Ueland

American journalist, editor, and teacher

Category: Media

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    Even if I knew for certain that I would never have anything published again, and would never make another cent from it, I would still keep on writing.
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    Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.
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    It is only by expressing all that is inside that purer and purer streams come.
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    It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.
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    Know that it is good to work. Work with love, and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.
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    Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
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    So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
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    Sometimes I think of life as a process where everybody is discouraging and taking everybody else down a peg or two.
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    The only good teachers for you are those friends who love you, who think you are interesting, or very important, or wonderfully funny.
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    The tragedy of bold, forthright, industrious people is that they act so continuously without much thinking, that it becomes dry and empty.
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    These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas, such as: I see where I can make an annual cut of $3.47 in my meat budget. But they have no slow, big ideas.
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    Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers.
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    This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.
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