Heywood Broun Quotes

  • All spiritual things must have in them a childlike quality. The belief in immortality rests not very much on the hope of going on. Few of us want to do that, but we would like very much to begin again.
  • Increasingly, it becomes evident that managing a ball club is a psychiatrist's job. In a short series, the mental attitude of the combatants is everything.
  • A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.
  • The editorial strategy of the 'World' is seemingly rested upon the theory that in a desperate cause, it is well to ask a little less than you hope to get. I think you should ask more.
  • Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.
  • 'Get up and hit a home run,' has never been a part of the usable technique of any manager.
  • The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic which distinguishes human beings from beasts.
  • Even the revolutionary writer will err if he fails to grasp the enormous effectiveness of occasional understatement.
  • I do know that whenever a player hits the ball out of the park, I have a sense of elation. I feel as if I had done it.
  • Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
  • The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.
  • Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
  • It is ridiculous to say that Sacco and Vanzetti are being railroaded to the chair. The situation is much worse than that. This is a thing done cold-bloodedly and with deliberation. But care and deliberation do not guarantee justice.
  • Perhaps the most startling reversal of tradition came in the case of Lefty Grove. He shattered the cruel slanders which have always followed lefthanders.
  • Life is not a matter of theories. Life is a matter of facts. It calls on the young and the old alike to face these facts, even though they are hard and sometimes unpleasant.
  • Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
  • The great threat to the young and pure in heart is not what they read but what they don't read.
  • People who come up through life or literature the hard way must inevitably carry their scars with them into composition.
  • I do not see a necessary connection between proletarian literature and some set percentage of words which bring the blushes to a maiden's cheek.
  • I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
  • 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.
  • Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.
  • I have always held to the theory that too much chalk may be just as bad for a novel as for a knee joint.