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Quotes of the Day for 16 June 2001 – Speeches

Today's theme relates to Speeches. I listened to a few yesterday at the commencement exercises at The Evergreen State College - Ken Kesey became quite confused when he found that the last several pages of his speech were simply not on the rostrum. But I chose the theme for historical reasons. In 1838 John Quincy Adams began a speech in the House opposing the annexation of Texas, the former-president's oration ended three weeks later! In 1958 Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to the Illinois Republican Party convention at Springfield, Illinois in which he warned that a house divided could not stand.

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The quotes:

Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
     - Ambrose Bierce

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
     - James Earl Jones

My father gave me these hints on speech-making: Be sincere, be brief, be seated.
     - James Roosevelt

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
     - Jenkin Lloyd Jones

A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill.
     - Lord Mancroft


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