The Plain-Spoken Truths of Jimmy Breslin

5 quotes to remember a legend by

The tributes to famed Newsday, New York Daily News and New York Post city columnist Jimmy Breslin are pouring in following his death Sunday. Here are just a few of the parsed highlights, in the form of quotes from the man himself.

1) “Like waking up every night in the middle of a train wreck.”

Breslin’s answer when asked, “What’s it like to have twins?,” by the mother of lifelong friend and current Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel.

2)’Trump, in the crinkling of an eye, senses better than anyone the insecurity of people, that nobody knows whether anything is good or bad until they are told, and he is quite willing to tell them immediately.’

From a Breslin 1988 Daily News column about Trump Airlines.

3) “Rickey and Robinson did more to help the cause of racial equality in this country than anybody–and don’t let anyone tell you anything different.”

The legacy of baseball executive Branch Rickey and second baseman Jackie Robinson, as bellowed once upon a time to NBC News’ Jere Hester.

4) “They ask me what I want to cover a murder trial in Palm Beach County for. I tell ‘em it’s murder. It was good enough for Shakespeare; it’s good enough for me.”

From an interview given by Breslin to Palm Beach Post reporter Paul Blythe, after the New York journalist traveled down to Florida in the fall of 1986 to cover the trial of a man accused of killing his mother-in-law.

5) “I’m the only [bleeping] guy who still goes out every day and climbs stairs for a story.”

Shared with Daniel Carpenter, who once journeyed to Lousville, Ky. to watch rehearsals of a play written by Breslin.

Previously on Fishbowl:
Jimmy Breslin Is A-OK With New York Journalism Hall of Fame Honor