Jimmy Breslin

(James Earle Breslin)

Jimmy Breslin
Jimmy Breslin
  • Born: October 17, 1928
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Entertainer









James Earle Breslin was an American journalist and author. Until the time of his death, he wrote a column for the New York Daily News Sunday edition. He wrote numerous novels, and columns of his appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City. He served as a regular columnist for the Long Island newspaper Newsday until his retirement on November 2, 2004, though he still published occasional pieces for the paper. He was known for his newspaper columns which offered a sympathetic viewpoint of the working-class people of New York City, and was awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary "for columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens".

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All political power is primarily an illusion …. Mirrors and blue smoke … Power
Carey wants proper air cover in case of war with Vermont. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Everybody came from somewhere here in New York. Immigration & Emigration
I don't know why people are always afraid of a nuclear blast. Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
It's very hard to like politicians enough to write short stories about them. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Politics is, like croquet, a sport for the old. The males who dominate it are either white haired or bald. The bellies protrude, the eyes weaken, the faces grow flush from even a flight of stairs. A touch of emphysema is the badge of a great political hero. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Politics. Where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be a candidate themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Society Carey Nicknames
The office of the President is such a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When [Jimmy] Carter ran for President, he made many promises to people in big cities.... I never believed a word he said, and therefore did not believe he was lying. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Complainant received immediate lacerations of the credibility.
Don't call me a journalist; I hate the word. It's pretentious!
Don't try to tell Namath's people on First Avenue about Babe Ruth, because they don't even know the name. In fact, with the young, you can forget all of baseball. The sport is gone. But if you ever have seen Ruth, and then you see Namath, you know there is very little difference. Sports & Athletics
Football is a game designed to keep coal miners off the streets.
I became a copy boy. Not for long. I started writing stories.
I busted out of the place in a hurry and went to a saloon and drank beer and said that for the rest of my life I'd never take a job in a place where you couldn't throw cigarette butts on the floor. I was hooked on this writing for newspapers and magazines. Life
I don't know any other columnists, and I don't know what they do. I work the single! And nobody does what I do, anyway. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I played football. I played trumpet. I could draw.
If a man, for private profit, tears at the public news, does so with the impatience of one who thinks he actually owns the news you get, it is against the national interest.
If you gather a lot of stuff, then you write it, write in scenes with dialogue. Somewhere in the middle, rising from all this research like strong metal towers, is your opinions.
Media, the plural of mediocrity.
Newspapers are so boring. How can you read a newspaper that starts with a 51-word lead sentence?
Pick up any newspaper in the morning. Count the words in the lead sentences. There will be at least 25 in all of them: Guaranteed. The writers just want to tell you how many degrees they have from this college or that university. Morning
Politics, where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks.
The first funeral for Andrew Goodman was at night and it was a lot of work. To begin with they had to kill him. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal.
The professional arsonist builds vacant lots for money. Money, Coins & Minting
Those of Manhattan are the brokers on Wall Street and they talk of people who went to the same colleges; those from Queens are margin clerks in the back offices and they speak of friends who live in the same neighborhood.
When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.
Why something in the public interest such as television news can be fought over, like a chain of hamburger stands, eludes me.