Heywood Broun

Journalist, Author

1888 – 1939


Who was Heywood Broun?

Heywood Campbell Broun, Jr. 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 could help right wrongs, especially social ills.

Famous Quotes:

  • Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
  • A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins.
  • Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.
  • Men are blind in their own cause.
  • 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.
  • The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.
  • The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.
  • Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anybody else.
  • 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.
  • Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Dec 7, 1888
Also known as
  • Heywood Campbell Broun, Jr.
  • Catholicism
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
Dec 18, 1939
New York City

on July 23, 2013


Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:


"Heywood Broun." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 14 Aug. 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/heywood_broun>.

Discuss this Heywood Broun biography with the community:


    Browse Biographies.net