The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).)
We need not fear any isms if our democracy is achieving the ends for which it was established ...
(Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 48, by Joseph P. Lash (1971).
In her September 26, 1938, "My Day" column. She was concerned about "the constant battle between those who would have us fear the communists and those who would have us fear the fascists.")