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GREAT SPEECHES AND HOW

TO MAKE THEM

HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC.-A practical self-instructor

for lawyers, clergymen, teachers, business men, and others.

Cloth, 543 pages, $1.25, net; by mail, $1.40.
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FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY

NEW YORK AND LONDON

AND

HOW TO MAKE THEM

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GRENVILLE KLEISER

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Formerly Instructor in Public Speaking "at Yale Divinity School, Yale
University; author of "How to Speak in Public,Humorous
Hits and How to Hold an Audience," "How to Develop
Power and Personality in Speaking," "How

to Argue and Win,etc.

FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY

NEW YORK AND LONDON

1911

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PREFACE

The power of eloquence has been recognized from the earliest times. It has occupied a foremost place in influencing human conduct and persuading men to action. In ancient Greece oratory was as seriously regarded and studied as any of the arts and sciences. It was this art, indeed, which gave to Athenians much of their polished grace and superior culture.

It is true that not every one can be a great orator, yct to have a place even in the second or third rank is a worthy ambition. A man may become excellent, tho he may not become great. As an old writer has said, even if we have little hope of surpassing great men, we may deem it an honor to follow them.

The student of public speaking should remember that all great speakers began as students, and in many instances owed their ultimate distinction, not so much to natural endowments as to earnestness and diligence. Demosthenes and Cicero studied ceaselessly; Chatham, Fox, Burke, Brougham, Gladstone, and other British orators were close students of classical eloquence; while Webster, Lincoln, Clay, and many others renowned in American oratory were indefatigable.

True eloquence is not, as some think, an artificial thing. It has to do with all the natural resources of mind and

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