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Heywood Broun Quotes


An American journalist, sportswriter and newspaper columnist in New York City. He founded the American Newspaper Guild, now known as The Newspaper Guild.
(1888 - 1939)

A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.
 

Being a well-dressed man is a career, and he who goes in for it has no time for anything else.
 

Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.
 

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
 

Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.
 

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
 

In the march up to the heights of fame, there comes a spot close to the summit in which a man reads nothing but detective stories.
 

Men build bridges and throw ra ilroads across deserts, and yet they contend successfully that the job of sewing on a button is beyond them. Accordingly, they don't have to sew buttons.
[Men]
 

Nobody talks about God as those who insist that there is no God.
 

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
[Sports]
 

The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic which distinguishes human beings from beasts.
 

The great threat to the young and pure in heart is not what they read but what they don't read.
 

The most casual examination will reveal the fact that all the jokes about the horrible results of masculine cooking and sewing are written by men. It is all part of a great scheme of sex propaganda.
 

The swaggering underemphasis of New England.
 

The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.
 

The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.