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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Wisdom in the funnies

Comic strips are a rich source of ideas for speech openings. I have written or read speech openings quoting "Peanuts,"Pogo,"Ziggy," "Calvin and Hobbes," and "Dilbert." Here is an opening in which the speaker ties the subject to one of Charlie Brown's sage pronouncements:

In thinking about what I might say to you this morning, I recalled a "Peanuts" comic strip that I saw several years ago. In the strip, Charlie Brown and his pal Linus are talking. Linus, the younger and more optimistic of the two, says, "I guess it's wrong to always be worrying about tomorrow.

Maybe we should think only about today." And good old Charlie Brown, who is usually a gloomy sort of guy, says, "No; that's giving up. I'm still hoping yesterday ...

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