Heywood Broun


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Heywood Campbell Broun, Jr. (December 7, 1888 – December 18, 1939) was an American journalist. He worked as a sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and editor in New York City. He founded the American Newspaper Guild, now known as The Newspaper Guild. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he is best remembered for his writing on social issues and his championing of the underdog. He believed that journalists ... more »

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  • ''Except that right side up is best, there is not much to learn about holding a baby. There are one hundred and fifty-two distinctly different ways—and all are right! At least all will do.''
    Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, novelist. "Holding a Baby," Seeing Things at Night (1921).
  • ''A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.''
    Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, novelist. New Republic (Washington, DC, Dec. 15, 1937).
  • ''Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.''
    Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, novelist. New York World (Feb. 6, 1928).
  • ''Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, "I can do no other."''
    Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, novelist. Quoted in Wit's End, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968).
  • ''The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.''
    Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, novelist. "Sport for Art's Sake," Pieces of Hate, and Other Enthusiasms (1922).
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