Quotation by Brenda Ueland

To have the external pressure of a job removed is very astonishing. Your own will is now your only motor and it has no horse-power. Sometimes I think that perhaps the most competent business men, and lawyers and doctors, who must be at the office at nine o'clock every morning, do not realize this and take more credit for initiative and industry than they deserve. And it is why all the bright women of the world, who if more were expected of them, might do important work, but who instead have a chronic feeling of ineffectiveness and sloth.
Brenda Ueland (1891–1985), U.S. magazine writer. Me, ch. 6 (1939).

On leaving her job as a staff writer at Liberty magazine to become a free-lance writer.
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