“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” — President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1863
Since Lincoln’s delivery 156 years ago, the Gettysburg Address has been parsed and analyzed for its meaning and importance.* I don’t intend to offer my own analysis, but rather to commemorate Lincoln’s eloquence on that day. This post’s title is referring to recent Ricochet posts with the title “Fewer Words” because I think Lincoln’s speech is one of the best examples of how brevity can improve communication.
On this aspect of the Gettysburg Address, I offer the following bonus quote:
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” – David McCullough, 2002
It seems to me, relative Ricochet newbie that I am, that we are engaging here to express, clarify and test our ideas. If we can do that in fewer words, it will be because we are thinking clearly.
* Comments on the meaning and importance of the address are certainly welcome.Published in