We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and big hairy spiders.

——Franklin D. Roosevelt.

(The quotation is usually truncated.)


  1. Ben Ieghn says:

    Is this not the same President who was once quoted as saying, “if you’d walk a mile in my shoes, you will have walked further in them than myself”?

  2. Jason Gilbert says:

    Do you suppose he picked both the upholstery pattern on the chair and the pinstripe pattern of his suit?

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Since the photograph is in black and white, you cannot see that the chair was olive and ochre, whereas the suit was a lovely puce color (#722F37).

      • Ben Ieghn says:

        I don’t mean to start an international debate or anything, but his attire actually looks blue and black to me.

  3. John says:

    The quote has been truncated for the simple reason that not everyone has arachnophobia. FDR’s stems from events surrounding the gift of the banannas sent from Brazil by Teddy.

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