Brenda Ueland

(1891-1985 / Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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  • ''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).
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  • ''We are too ready (women especially) not to stand by what we have said or done.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 18 (1938).
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  • ''... 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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  • ''... 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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  • ''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).
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  • ''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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  • ''... 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).
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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.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
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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.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 6 (1938).
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  • ''... 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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