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If a man wishes to become a great orator, he
must first become a student of the great orators who have come before him.
He must immerse himself in their texts, listening for the turns of phrases
and textual symmetries, the pauses and crescendos, the metaphors and
melodies that have enabled the greatest speeches to stand the test of time.
There are hundreds of speeches given by world famous orators.
These speeches lifted hearts in dark times, gave hope in despair, refined
the characters of men, inspired brave feats, gave courage to the weary,
honored the dead, and changed the course of history.
Great oratory has three components: style,
substance, and impact.
Style: A great speech must be masterfully constructed. The best orators are
masters of both the written and spoken word, and use words to create texts that
are beautiful to both hear and read.
Substance: A speech may be flowery and charismatically presented, and yet lack
any true substance at all. Great oratory must center on a worthy theme; it must
appeal to and inspire the audience’s finest values and ideals.
Impact: Great oratory always seeks to persuade the audience of some fact or
idea. The very best speeches change hearts and minds and seem as revelatory
several decades or centuries removed as when they were first given
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