The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
Harper Collins, 05.09.2000. - 656 страница
The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse. The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were chosen both for their readability and for their significance. These are the words that have inspired, enraged, delighted, chastened, and comforted Americans in days gone by. Gathered here are the writings that illuminate -- with wit, eloquence, and sometimes sharp words -- significant aspects of national conciousness. They reflect the part that all Americans -- black and white, native born and immigrant, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, poor and wealthy -- have played in creating the nation's character.
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At the time, I said that I was taking a chance on recent works, trying to identify
those that “speak to the age of which they are part.” In this revised edition, I am
exercising my prerogative as editor and eliminating that section. In effect, I am ...
Politicians seldom speak without reference to focus groups or pollsters to learn
what people want to hear ; fearful of making a mistake , they use talking points or
a text prepared by consultants and writers. Pollsters tell us what we think ...
No man e'er was glorious , who was not laborious . All things are easy to Industry
, All things are difficult to Sloth . Would you persuade , speak of Interest , not of
Reason . Teach your child to hold his tongue , he'll learn fast enough to speak .
Blessed is he that expects nothing , for he shall never be disappointed . If thou
injurest Conscience , it will have its Revenge on thee . Hear no ill of a Friend , nor
speak any of an Enemy . Pay what you owe , and you'll know what's your own .
... and a happier man than 1 otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it .
" 1. TEMPERATURE . Eat not to dullness ; drink not to elevation . 2. SILENCE .
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself ; avoid trifling conversation . 3.