Brenda Ueland

(1891-1985 / Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Brenda Ueland Quotes

  • ''...Advertising companies hire the very brightest, wittiest young people to write for them. Not one single sentence of it is worth repeating. Why? Because it wasn't meant.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 12 (1938).
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  • ''... the great artists ... do not want security, egoistic or materialistic.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).
  • ''... we have come to think of all idleness as hoggish, not as creative and radiant.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 6 (1938).
  • ''... the only way to become a better writer is to become a better person.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 13 (1938).
  • ''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).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''Know that it is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 18 (1938).
  • ''... no writing is a waste of time,—no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1938).
  • ''Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
  • ''It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 18 (1938).

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