3,500 Good Quotes for Speakers by Gerald Lieberman

By Gerald Lieberman

Few issues boost a speech higher than a well-chosen citation, and during this booklet you will discover anything for each subject and each get together. even if you are after the knowledge of the a while or a zingy wisecrack on any topic from skill to Zoo, it really is right here, prepared alphabetically for simple reference. a major reference and a satisfaction simply to flick through in addition.

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The first sets out to understand how and why a peculiarly twentieth-century rhetorical genre managed to persuade so many members 25 26 Kenneth Burke and the Paradoxes of American Success of a new “professional-managerial class” to adopt identities so ill-suited to their own interests and so well-suited to the interests of corporate America; the second sets out to understand how and why American academics have failed to offer an effective critique of, or alternative to, so influential and pernicious a phenomenon.

In its selectivity, it is a reduction. Its scope and reduction become a deflection when the given terminology, or calculus, is not suited to the subject matter which it is designed to calculate. (GM ) To see a larger piece of reality in terms of some smaller part of that reality is necessarily to purchase focus at the expense of scale, and because no terminology is perfectly suited in all circumstances “to the subject 23 24 Kenneth Burke and the Paradoxes of American Success matter which it is designed to calculate,” there will always be a certain amount of deflection associated with that move.

We might of course argue in our defense that whatever we do in the name of getting noticed and moving up to a higher tier department or a more elite institution ultimately serves the interests of producing and disseminating knowledge, noble goals that none or few Keepers of the Rolodex Kenneth Burke and the Paradoxes of American Success might claim. But to the extent that “excellence” has become for universities the same end in itself that it appears to have become for corporations, the comparison is less reductive than it might at first seem.

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