"...if nothing is ever published at all and you never make a cent, just the same it will be good that you have worked."
"...I am so afraid that you will decide that you are stupid and untalented. Or that you will put off working as so many wonderfully gifted people do, until that time when your husband can retire on full pay and all your children are out of college."
"It is impossible that you have no creative gift... [and] you cannot be sure that it is not a great gift."
-from Barbara Ueland's If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit (1st ed. 1938)
And, in honor of my current micro-fiction kick, here are two sites with some excellent short-short stories: