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  • 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).

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  • ... 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).

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  • 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).
  • ... 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).
  • ... 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).
  • 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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  • 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).
  • 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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  • ... 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).
  • ...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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