Anecdotes and stories for speeches, essays, toasts and more


An anecdote is a short story, narrative or parable often used in speeches, essays, toasts, books, articles and other written or spoken products. Anecdotes are often funny, inspiring, interesting, surprising, ironic, humorous and may teach a lesson, be biographical or cause reflection. Funny or interesting anecdotes can help make your speeches or writing better, especially when used in conclusions, introductions or to prove a point. We hope our anecdotes will help you in your speeches and writing.

This inspiring anecdote could be used to talk about patriotism, politics, Benjamin Franklin, independence, monarchy, 1776, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the United States of America, government, systems, the 13 colonies, Philadephia, freedom, liberty, sacrifice, the Army, fighting for what's right and more.


Benjamin Franklin and a new republic

One afternoon, after leaving Philadelphia's Independence Hall, a young man approached Benjamin Franklin. In that broiling hot month, the statesmen of the young nation had been debating duriously over the establishment of the Constitution of the United States. The young man walked up to Franklin and asked, "Well Sir, what sort of government have you given us? A monarchy or a republic?" Franklin, who understood the importance of having popular support to keep a republic alive, responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

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