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Chapter 22. All the World's a Stage: Wri... > Life of the Party: Speeches That Ent... - Pg. 256

All the World's a Stage: Writing Speeches 256 Author! Author! When it comes to writing models, study the best. For a great persuasive speech, try Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" address (1858). Lincoln delivered this speech when he was nominated for the Senate. It was probably Lincoln's most radical statement about the implications of the slavery issue, as he predicted that "this govern- ment cannot endure permanently half slave and half free." Life of the Party: Speeches That Entertain Speaking to the Young People's Society in Greepoint, Brooklyn, in 1901, Mark Twain advised, "Al- ways do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." For centuries, speakers have been called upon to "say a few words" at various social events. These include club meetings, dinners, parties, graduations, holidays, weddings, and ribbon cuttings--all our social functions. Sometimes these speeches help create greater unity within an organization. Other times, they honor individuals or fulfill part of a social ritual or special ceremony. Writer's Block