Oratory Sacred And Secular; Or, The Extemporaneous Speaker, With Sketches Of The Most Eminent…

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byWilliam Pittenger

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868. Excerpt: ... PART IV. EMINENT EXTEMPORE SPEAKERS. AUGUSTINE--LUTHER--CHATHAM--PITT--BURKE--MIKABEAU--PATRICK HENRY--WHITEFIELD--WESLEY--SIDNEY SMITH--F. W. ROBERTSON--CLAY--BASCOM--SUMMERFIELD--SPURGEON--H. W. BEECHER--BINGHAM--GLAD-STONE--SIMPSON-WENDELL PHILLIPS--J. P. DUBBIN. EMINENT SPEAKERS. USE OF EXAMPLES. Notwithstanding the popularity of unwritten speech, and the innumerable arguments in its favor, there is an impression in some quarters that the very highest excellence cannot be attained without the previoas use of the pen. It may be shown that it is more natural to find the words in which our thoughts are clothed at the moment of expression; that a stronger and better frame-work of thought can be constructed, if the mind, in preparing for speech, is occupied with that alone; that the speaker and hearer may thus be brought into closer union; that this, in short, is the order of nature, which leaves the solid frame-work of the tree standing through many winters, but each spring bestows its graceful robe of leaves upon 4hat which was prepared to receive it. But this is not enough to produce lasting conviction. It is still maintained, almost with obstinacy, that in the highest fields of oratory, words must be previously chosen, fitted together, and polished. This nearly every speech-writer proves from his own experience. The efforts that have afforded him most satisfaction were those in which nothing had been left to the chance of the moment. But it is easy to see how even experience may mislead in this particular. We can judge the comparative merits of another in his different modes of address with some approach to accuracy, for our mental state--that of listeners--continues the same under them all. But it is different when we judge ourselves. When we extempor...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868. Excerpt: ... PART IV. EMINENT EXTEMPORE SPEAKERS. AUGUSTINE--LUTHER--CHATHAM--PITT--BURKE--MIKABEAU--PATRICK HENRY--WHITEFIELD--WESLEY--SID...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217263690

ISBN - 13:9780217263696

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