Brenda Ueland

A Quote by Brenda Ueland on listening, creativity, laughter, wisdom, life, and attention

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force...When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life...When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other...and it is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. ...Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet facinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on work, love, passion, writing, and difficulty

Know that it is good to work. Work with love, and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on love, life, and nourishment

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on writing, creativity, joy, happiness, and art

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.

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on mistakes, forgivenness, moving on, letting go, writing, and art

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

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on courage, choice, spirit, vision, self, and bravery

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.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on fear, truth, seriousness, importance, courage, life, beginning, and writing

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

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on inspiration, art, energy, writing, creativity, peace, and stillness

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.

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on writing, publishing, art, and creativity

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.

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on creativity, power, and children

All children have creative power.

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