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Brenda Ueland Quotes





All children have creative power.
 

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.
 

Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.
 

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
 

In true courage there is always an element of choice, of an ethical choice, and of anguish, and also of action and deed. There is always a flame of spirit in it, a vision of some necessity higher than oneself.
[Courage]
 

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.
[Instincts]
 

It is only by expressing all that is inside that purer and purer streams come.
[Happiness]
 

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.
 

Orthodox criticism ... is a murderer of talent. And because the most modest and sensitive people are the most talented, having the most imagination and sympathy, these are the first ones to get killed off.
[Helping Other People]
 

Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Sometimes I think of life as a process where everybody is discouraging and taking everybody else down a peg or two.
 

The tragedy of bold, forthright, industrious people is that they act so continuously without much thinking, that it becomes dry and empty.
 

This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.
 

We are always afraid to start something that we want to make very good, true, and serious.
[Fear]
 

When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.
[Motivation]