"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well." by Margaret Thatcher.I need to write a public speech on this quote.  Any ideas of what to...

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well." by Margaret Thatcher.

I need to write a public speech on this quote.  Any ideas of what to say? Anything humorous or funny and entertaining.

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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While the subject itself is not particulary humerous, you could throw in a humorous quote as an attention getting device at the beginning of the speech.

After that, you can transition into being a little more serious and use evidence to support your quote about money changing people and money motivating people to do good things. A good site for some funny quotes about money is linked below. See my post on your other discussion board as to how best to construct you persuasive speech.  Good Luck.

http://www.basicjokes.com/dquotes.php?cid=75

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am not sure if there is much humorous in the quote as it does reflect Thatcher's moral and ethical absolutism and her desire to increase economic notions of the good.  It also brings to light a rather disturbing notion of "history being written by the winners" to the extent that the "Good Samaritan" must have economic wealth to his name and intent is almost irrelevant.  I think that one could find a Dorothy Parker quote that might be appropriate here:  "Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair." Coming from someone who mixed sarcasm, wit, and melancholy as well as Parker, it might be a quote that fits here.  I do think that Thatcher's quote helps to shed some light on the intense privatizing of industry that happened during Thatcher's administration.  The favoring of private company growth into the realm of what was formerly nationalized industry helps to underscore her intense support of material acquisition, and something that the quote brings out into full force.  Thatcher's faith in economic progress and wealth is highlighted by the quote, which can be used to highlight much of Thatcher's policies.

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