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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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In others' words

Read the following three quotations and try to identify the source of each. Here's the first:

We pause to ask what our country has done for each of us and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.

Sound familiar? How about this one?:

In the great fulfillment, we must have a citizenship less concerned with what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.

Now the third:

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

The third one, of course, is from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address on January 20, 1961. You've no doubt heard or read that memorable line often, and of course it has been referred to previously ...

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