Edmund Wilson was our greatest American literary critic because he was more than a literary critic: He was a fearless, even radical judge of the society he lived in. (See, for example, _A Piece of My Mind_; _The Cold War and the Income Tax_; the introduction to _Patriotic Gore_.) Our conventional critics cannot forgive him for those scandalous lapses in good taste.
By: Edward Abbey
If you had been poor in your last life I would have asked you to be rich when you come again. But you were rich. If you had been a coward, I would have asked you to bring courage. But you were a fearless warrior. If you had died young, I would have asked you to get life. But you lived long. So I shall ask you to come again the way you came before.
By: Chinua Achebe
How thin and insecure is that little beach of white sand we call consciousness. Ive always known that in my writing it is the dark troubled sea of which I know nothing, save its presence, that carried me. Ive always felt that creating was a fearless and a timid, a despairing and hopeful, launching out into that unknown.
By: Athol Fugard