Do not rely too much on isolation.... Oceans are not as wide as they used to be.
(Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, speaking of American isolationism (1943).
Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.)
Isolation in creative work is an onerous thing. Better to have negative criticism than nothing at all.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. letter, May 10, 1886, to his brother, Al.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 1, p. 242, "Nauka" (1976).)