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Quotations From BRENDA UELAND

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  • 11.
    ... to paint with oil paints for the first time ... is like trying to make something exquisitely accurate and microscopically clear out of mud pies with boxing gloves on.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 6 (1938).

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  • 12.
    "If only I had a wife!" I used to think, "who could stay home and keep the children happy, why I could support six of them. A cinch."
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. magazine writer. Me, ch. 6 (1939). On the difficulty of being a divorced working mother. She had one young daughter.

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  • 13.
    Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
  • 14.
    Consistency is the horror of the world.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 17 (1938).

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  • 15.
    ... all children have creative power.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).

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  • 16.
    ... writing is not a performance but a generosity.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 3 (1938).
  • 17.
    If we don't act at all (express our imaginings either in work or a changing personality, so that we can learn and think again something better) we certainly rot.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 5 (1938).

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  • 18.
    ... we writers are the most lily-livered of all craftsmen. We expect more, for the most peewee efforts, than any other people.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).

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  • 19.
    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.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1938).
  • 20.
    ... the imagination needs moodling,—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).

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