Brenda Ueland

Brenda Ueland (October 24, 1891 - March 5, 1985) was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

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Brenda Ueland - Personal Life
... By her own account, Ueland had many lovers ... Brenda and William divorced in 1926 and she raised Gabrielle on her own ...

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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)

    A friend of mine spoke of books that are dedicated like this: ‘To my wife, by whose helpful criticism ...’ and so on. He said the dedication should really read: ‘To my wife. If it had not been for her continual criticism and persistent nagging doubt as to my ability, this book would have appeared in Harper’s instead of The Hardware Age.’
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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)

    Don’t think of yourself as an intestinal tract and tangle of nerves in the skull, that will not work unless you drink coffee. Think of yourself as incandescent power, illuminated perhaps and forever talked to by God and his messengers.... Think if Tiffany’s made a mosquito, how wonderful we would think it was!
    Brenda Ueland (1891–1985)

    I read ... an article by a highly educated man wherein he told with what conscientious pains he had brought up all his children to be skeptical of everything, never to believe anything in life or religion or their own feelings without submitting it to many rational doubts, to have a persistent, thoroughly skeptical, doubting attitude toward everything.... I think he might as well have taken them out in the backyard and killed them with an ax.
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