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Quotation by Woodrow Wilson
Atlantic Monthly (Boston, March 1901) address, April 2, 1917, to the Congress calling for war on Germany address at Baltimore, Maryland (April 6, 1918) address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 14, 1914) address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914)
The greatest and truest models for all orators ... is Demosthenes. One who has not studied deeply and constantly all the great speeches of the great Athenian, is not prepared to speak in public. Only as the constant companion of Demosthenes, Burke, Fox, Canning and Webster, can we hope to become orators.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. "The Princetonian" (June 7, 1877). The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 1, p. 274, ed. Arthur S. Link.
Wilson was a sophomore in college when he gave this advice. He was at the time intensively practicing public speaking.
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