Tom Heehler

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Tom Heehler is an American author, known for his work The Well-Spoken Thesaurus.


  • Common Sense and Education: The more you think you have of one, the less you think you need of the other.
  • The foolish read to escape reality; the wise surrender to it.
  • Good writers indulge their audience; great writers know better.
  • The educated don't get that way by memorizing facts; they get that way by respecting them.
  • Nuance: for best results apply with sledgehammer.
  • Courage is the ability to ignore your options.
  • If you are your own worst enemy, don't do yourself any favors.
  • Fear not the tyrant; fear the tyrant's wake.
  • Cultural pluralism is the only thing we all have in common.
  • Democracy: The last thing it sees is a clear blue sky
  • Blue-sky journalism is more insidious and dangerous than yellow journalism because it’s subtle and slick and classy, in the same way that subtle and slick and classy racism is more effective than a mulleted screamer with a pointy white hood and a tiki torch he got on sale at Home Depot.
  • American Democracy: If you've never gotten a death threat, you're not doing it right.
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