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Phrases for Public Speakers and Paragraphs for Study   By: (1868-1953)

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Compiled by Grenville Kleiser



The experienced public speaker acquires through long practise hundreds of phrases which he uses over and over again. These are essential to readiness of speech, since they serve to hold his thought well together and enable him to speak fluently even upon short notice.

This book is one of practise, not theory. The student should read aloud daily several pages of these phrases, think just what each one means, and whenever possible till out the phrase in his own words. A month's earnest practise of this kind will yield astonishing results.

He should also study the paragraphs, reprinted here from notable speeches, and closely observe the use made of climax and other effects. The phrase and the paragraph are the principal elements in the public speaker's English style, and the student will be amply repaid for any time he devotes to their analysis.






A further objection to Again, can we doubt Again, we have abundant instances Alas! how often All experience evinces that All that I have been stating hitherto All that is quite true. All this, I know well enough All this is unnatural because All we do know is that Am I mistaken in this? Amid so much that is uncertain And, again, it is to be presumed that And, finally, have not these And, further, all that I have said And hence it continually happens And hence it is that And here, in passing, let us notice And here observe that And if I know anything of And if it is further asked why And I sometimes imagine that And I wish also to say that And, in fact, it is And it is certainly true And it may be admitted that And just here we touch the vital point in And let me here again refer to And now it begins to be apparent And now we are naturally brought on to And now we are told And pursuing the subject And so again in this day And so, in like manner And strange to say And such, I say, is And the same is true of And the whole point of these observations is And this is manifestly true Any thoughtful man can readily perceive As far as my experience goes As for me, I say As it were At first it does seem as tho At this very moment, there are At times we hear it said.

Be it so. Be true to your own sense of right. Believe me, it is quite impossible for But all is not done. But bear in mind that But by no kind of calculation can we But do not tell me that But further still But here we take our stand. But I am not quite sure that But I digress. But I do not desire to obtrude a But I recollect that But I shall go still farther. But I submit whether it But I will not dwell on But I will not pause to point out But if you look seriously at facts But in any case But in fact there is no reason for But is it in truth so easy to But is it rationally conceivable that But it is fitting I should say But, it may be urged, if But lest it should still be argued that But let it be once understood that But let us suppose all these But look at the difference. But my idea of it is But now, I repeat, But now, lastly, let us suppose But now let us turn to But now, on the other hand, could But now some other things are to be noted But somehow all is changed! But the question for us is But to go still further But waiving this assumption But we dwell too long But we have faith that But what is the motive? But what then? But with us how changed! But why do we speak of But you may say truly But you must remember

Can there be a better illustration than Can you doubt it? Certainly, I did not know Compare now the case of

Did time admit I could show you Does anybody believe that Do you dream that Do not entertain so weak an imagination Do not misunderstand me.

Enough has been said of Even apart from the vital question of Everybody has to say that

Few people will dispute First, sir, permit me to observe For instance, For instance, there surely is For my part, I can say that I desire For the sake of clearness For this simple reason For what? Fortunately I am not obliged From time to time

Happily for us Has the gentleman done? Have we any right to such a He can not do it... Continue reading book >>

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