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We have put together a list of famous speeches by world statesmen, literary
personalities, scientists, Nobel Prize winners, and others.
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last name) to jump to the relevant speakers.
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Adams, John Quincy
- Warning Against the Search for Monsters to Destroy (1821) She
has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom,
Apollo11 - In Event of Moon Disaster
Contingency plan in case the Mission failed and the speech which
the US President Nixon would have given.
Anthony, Susan B. - On Women's Right
to Vote (1873) The only question left to be settled now is:
Are women persons?
Blair, Tony - To the Irish Parliament
(1998) Recalling his own Irish roots and call for Peace.
Bonaparte, Napoleon - Farewell
to the Old Guard (1814) I go, but you, my friends, will continue
to serve France.
Bryan, William Jennings - Cross
of Gold (1896) You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of
Buck, Pearl S. - On winning the
Nobel Prize for Literature (1938) The novel in China was never
an art and was never so considered, nor did any Chinese novelist
think of himself as an artist.
Burke, Edmund - On the Death of Marie
Antoinette (1793) But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters,
economists, and calculators has succeeded, and the glory of Europe
is extinguished forever.
Bush, George - Announcing War Against
Iraq (1991) Regrettably, we now believe that only force will
make him (Saddam Hussein) leave.
Cardinal Clemens von Galen - Against
Nazi Euthanasia (1941) Woe to mankind, woe to our German nation
if God's Holy Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill,' is not only broken,
but if this transgression is actually tolerated and permitted to
Carter, Jimmy - Tribute to Hubert
Humphrey (1977) And I'm proud to be the president of a nation
that loves a man like Hubert Humphrey and is loved so deeply by
Chamberlain, Neville - On the
Nazi Invasion of Poland (1939) It now only remains for us to
set our teeth and to enter upon this struggle, which we ourselves
earnestly endeavored to avoid, with determination to see it through
to the end.
Chavez, Cesar E. - Lessons of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1990) Dr. King was a powerful figure
of destiny, of courage, of sacrifice, and of vision.
Chisholm, Shirley - Equal Rights For
Women (1969) It is obvious that discrimination exists. Women
do not have the opportunities that men do.
Churchill, Winston - "Iron
Churchill, Winston - Blood,
Sweat and Tears (1940)
Churchill, Winston - The Retreat
from Flanders (1940)
Churchill, Winston - Their
Finest Hour (1940)
Clinton, Bill - International Business
Community Jakarta (1994) Keeping America on the front lines
of economic opportunity has been my first priority since I took
Clinton, Bill - U.S.-China Relationship
(1998) A stable, open, prosperous China that assumes its responsibilities
for building a more peaceful world is clearly and profoundly in
Clinton, Bill - After His Impeachment
(1998) I thank the millions upon millions of American citizens
who have expressed their support and their friendship to Hillary,
to me, to our family.
Clinton, Hillary Rodham - Address
to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women (1995) Women's
Rights Are Human Rights.
Curie, Irene Joliot - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1935) Artificial Production
of Radioactive Elements
Curie, Marie Sklodowska - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1911)
Curie, Marie Sklodowska - On the
Discovery of Radium (1921)
- Nazis' Aim is Slavery (1940) In this world of masters
and slaves, which those madmen who rule at Berlin are seeking to
forge, we must also save liberty and human dignity.
Douglass, Frederick - The Hypocrisy
of American Slavery (1852) What to the American slave is your
Fourth of July?
Edward VIII - Abdicates the throne
of England (1936) I now quit altogether public affairs and I
lay down my burden.
Elizabeth I of England - Against
the Spanish Armada (1588) Let tyrants fear..
Elizabeth I of England - Farewell
Speech (1601) My heart was never set on any worldly goods.
Faulkner, William - On accepting the
Nobel Prize (1950) Our tragedy today is a general and universal
physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it.
Fisher, Mary - Speech to the Republican
National Convention (1992) Tonight, I represent an AIDS community
whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of
Ford, Gerald R. - On Taking Office
(1974) I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances....
This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our
Ford, Gerald R. - Pardoning Richard
Nixon (1974) Finally, I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved
ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer, no matter
what I do, no matter what we, as a great and good nation, can do
together to make his goal of peace come true.
St. Francis of Assisi - Sermon
to the Birds (1220) My little sisters, the birds.
- To my Numerous Muslim Friends (1936) Conversion without cleanness
of heart can only be a matter for sorrow not joy, to a godly person.
Garibaldi, Giuseppe - Encourages
His Soldiers (1860) We shall meet again before long to march
to new triumphs.
Garrison, William Lloyd - On the
Death of John Brown (1859) Oh, that the South may be wise before
it is too late, and give heed to the word of the Lord!
Gehrig, Lou - Farewell to Yankee Fans (1939)
Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the
Gephardt, Richard - "Life
Imitates Farce" (1998) Let all of us here today say no
to resignation, no to impeachment, no to hatred, no to intolerance
of each other, and no to vicious self-righteousness.
Goldman, Emma -
Address to The Jury (1917) But never would I change my ideas
because I am found guilty.
Gordimer, Nardine - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Literature (1991) The writer is of service
to humankind only insofar as the writer uses the word even against
his or her own loyalties.
Gore, Al - Concedes the 2000 Election
(2000) Indeed, that history gives us many examples of contests
as hotly debated, as fiercely fought, with their own challenges
to the popular will.
- American Independence Speech (1776) The history of the present
King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations,
all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
over these States.
Henry, Patrick - Liberty or Death
(1775) I know not what course others may take; but as for me,
give me liberty or give me death!
Ickes, Harold - What is an American?
(1941) But our hundreds of millions of liberty-loving allies
would despair if we did not provide aid and encouragement. The quicker
we help them the sooner this dreadful revolution will be over.
B. - We Shall Overcome (1965)
Johnson, Lyndon B. - Peace without
Johnson, Lyndon B. - Not seeking
Jordan, Barbara - Statement on the
Articles of Impeachment (1974) It is reason, and not passion,
which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide
Jordan, Barbara - Keynote Speech
to the Democratic National Convention (1976) Who Then Will Speak
for the Common Good?
Joseph, Chief of the Nez Perce
- On Surrender to US Army (1877) Hear me, my Chiefs! I am tired;
my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight
no more forever.
Kennedy, Edward M. - "The
Cause Endures" (1980) I'm asking you to renew the commitment
of the Democratic Party to economic justice.
Kennedy, Edward M. - Tribute to
John F. Kennedy Jr. (1999) We who have loved him from the day
he was born, and watched the remarkable man he became, now bid him
Kennedy, John F. - Acceptance
of the New York Liberal Party Nomination (1960)
Kennedy, John F. - Inaugural Address
Kennedy, John F. - "American
Kennedy, John F. - Cuban Missile Crisis
Kennedy, John F. - "We choose
to go to the Moon" (1962)
Kennedy, John F. - "Albama University"
Kennedy, John F. - "Ich bin
Kennedy, John F. - "Strategy
of Peace" (1963)
Kennedy, Robert F. - On the Death
of Martin Luther King (1968) I have some very sad news for all
of you, and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and
people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin
Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.
King, Martin Luther Jr. - I have
a dream (1963) I have a dream that one day on the red hills
of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave-owners
will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
King, Martin Luther Jr. - On Winning the Nobel Prize (1964) I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when twenty-two million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice.
Le Guin, Ursula K. - Mills College
Graduation Address (1983) So what I hope for you is that you
live there not as prisoners, ashamed of being women, consenting
captives of a psychopathic social system, but as natives.
Lincoln, Abraham - The Inaugural
Address (1861) Apprehension of the Southern States.
Lincoln, Abraham - The Gettysburg
Address (1863) Government of the people, by the people, for
the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Lodge, Henry Cabot - The Fourteen
Douglas - "Old Soldiers Never; They just fade away"
(1951) In war there is no substitute for victory.
Mandela, Nelson - "No easy
walk to freedom" (1953) You can see that there is no easy
walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through
the valley of the shadow (of death) again and again before we reach
the mountain tops of our desires.
Mandela, Nelson - "I am Prepared
to Die" (1964) I have cherished the ideal of a democratic
and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and
with equal opportunities. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which
I am prepared to die.
Marshall, George C. - The Marshall
Plan (1947) The remedy lies in breaking the vicious circle and
restoring the confidence of the European people in the economic
future of their own countries and of Europe as a whole.
McClintock, Barbara - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Medicine (1983) Significance of Responses
of the Genome to Challenge and Effects of X-rays on Chromosomes.
Menchutum, Rigoberta - On winning
the Nobel Peace Prize (1992) A world at peace that could provide
consistency, interrelation and concordance in respect of the economic,
social and cultural structures of the societies.
Molotov, Vyacheslav - On the Nazi
Invasion of the Soviet Union (1941) Ours is a righteous cause.
The enemy shall be defeated. Victory will be ours.
Monroe, James - The Monroe Doctrine
(1823) It is still the true policy of the United States to leave
the parties to themselves, in the hope that other powers will pursue
the same course.
Montalcini, Rita Levi - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Medicine (1986) The Nerve Growth Factor
: Thirty Five Years Later.
Morrison, Toni - On winning the
Nobel Prize for Literature (1993) "Once upon a time there was
an old woman. Blind but wise."
Myrdal, Alva - On winning the Nobel
Peace Prize (1982) Disarmament, Technology and Growth in Violence.
Nehru, Jawaharlal - A Tryst with
Destiny (1947) At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the
world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
Nehru, Jawaharlal - The United
States of India I think that at almost any time in recorded
history an Indian would have felt more or less at home in any part
of India, and would have felt as a stranger and alien in any other
Nixon, Richard M. - "Checkers"
Nixon, Richard M. - Address to nation
on the war of Vietnam (1969)
Nixon, Richard M. - Resigning the
Nixon, Richard M. - White House
O'Connell, Daniel - Justice for
Ireland (1836) Refuse me that if you can.
Pope John Paul II
- At Israel's Holocaust Memorial (2000) I have come to Yad Vashem
to pay homage to the millions of Jewish people who, stripped of
everything, especially of human dignity, were murdered in the Holocaust.
Phelps, William Lyon - The Pleasure
of Books (1933) The habit of reading is one of the greatest
resources of mankind; and we enjoy reading books that belong to
us much more than if they are borrowed.
Prasad, Rajendra - The Unity of India
The diversity which I find in the local cultures and various traditions
of India fascinates me.
Reagan, Ronald W. - The Dangers of
Detente (1981) Well so far detentes been a one-way street
that the Soviet Union has used to pursue its own aims.
Reagan, Ronald W. - Radio Address
to the Nation on School Violence and Discipline (1984) Just
as school violence affects our sons and daughters, it also affects
Richards, Ann W. - Democratic
National Convention Address (1988) George Bush was 'born with
a silver foot in his mouth.
Robespierre, Maximilien - Festival
of the Supreme Being (1794) Frenchmen, you war against kings;
you are therefore worthy to honor Divinity.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. - 3rd
Inaugural Address (1941) In the face of great perils never before
encountered, our strong purpose is to protect and to perpetuate
the integrity of democracy.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. - For a
Declaration of War (1941) I ask that the Congress declare that
since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December
7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and
the Japanese Empire.
Shaw, Anna Howard
- The Fundamental Principle of a Republic (1915) Men and women
must go through this world together from the cradle to the grave.
Spero, Joan E.
- At the World Economic Development Congress (1996) The Challenges of Globalization.
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
- The Destructive Male (1868) I urge a sixteenth amendment,
because 'manhood suffrage,' or a man's government, is civil, religious,
and social disorganization.
Szymborska, Wislawa - On winning
the Nobel Prize for Literature (1996) The Poet and World.
Talbott, Strobe - Remarks before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1996) Support for Democracy and the U.S. National Interest.
Teresa, Mother - On winning
the Nobel Peace Prize (1979) The poor people are very great
people. They can teach us so many beautiful things.
Teresa, Mother - U.S. Senate
(1994) Let us make that one point - that no child will be unwanted,
unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away.
Truman, Harry S. - The Truman
Doctrine (1947) The United States contributed $341,000,000,000
toward winning World War II. This is an investment in world freedom
and world peace.
Twain, Mark - In mock defense of
General Funston (1902) It is plain to me, and I think it ought
to be plain to all, that Funston is not in any way to blame for
the things he has done, does, thinks, and says.
Vest, George Graham
- Tribute to Dogs (c. 1855) The one absolutely unselfish friend
that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts
him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his
Vivekananda, Swami -
Response to Welcome (1893) Sisters and Brothers of America.
Vivekananda, Swami- Why We Disagree (1893) I am a Hindu. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well.
Vivekananda, Swami - Paper
on Hinduism (1893) The Hindus have received their religion through
revelation, the Vedas.
Vivekananda, Swami - Relegion
Not the Crying Need of India (1893) I came here to seek aid
for my impoverished people, and I fully realized how difficult it
was to get help for heathens from Christians in a Christian land.
- Buddhism : The Fulfillment of Hinduism (1893) I am not a Buddhist,
as you have heard, and yet I am.
Vivekananda, Swami - Address
at the Final Session of World Parliament of Religions (1893)
Upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite
of resistance: "Help and not fight", "Assimilation and not Destruction",
"Harmony and peace and not Dissension".
- A Call to the Youth of India Let us all work hard, my brethren;
this is no time for sleep.
Volhard, Christiane Nusslein - On winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine (1995) Identification of Genes Controlling Development
in Flies and Fishes.
Washington, Booker T. - Atlanta
Cotton States and International Exposition (1895) One-third
of the population of the South is of the Negro race. No enterprise
seeking the material, civil, or moral welfare of this section can
disregard this element of our population and reach the highest success.
Washington, George - Prevents
the Revolt of his Officers (1783) You will give one more distinguished
proof of unexampled patriotism and patient virtue, rising superior
to the pressure of the most complicated sufferings.
Washington, George - Farewell
Address (1796) Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Williams, Jody - On winning the Nobel
Peace Prize (1997) The war ends, the landmine goes on killing.
Wilson, Woodrow - The Fourteen Points
(1918) Possible Peace Terms to end the First World War.
Wiesel, Elie - The Perils of Indifference
(1999) Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment.
Williams, Betty - On winning the Nobel Peace Prize (1977)
Movement of Peace People and Northern Irish People.