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Home >> inspirational >> greatSpeeches


We have put together a list of famous speeches by world statesmen, literary personalities, scientists, Nobel Prize winners, and others.
Click on the appropriate letter below (arranged according to speaker's last name) to jump to the relevant speakers.


A-C :

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, Independence, Peace.

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 gold!

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 go unpunished.

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 him.

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 Curtain" (1946)

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 office.

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 our interests.

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)


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D-F:

Daladier, Edouard - 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 American society.

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 hearts.

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.


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G-I

Gandhi, Mahatma - 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 earth.

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.

Hancock, John - 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.

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J-L

Johnson, Lyndon B. - We Shall Overcome (1965)

Johnson, Lyndon B. - Peace without conquest (1965)

Johnson, Lyndon B. - Not seeking Re-Election (1968)

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 our decision.

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 farewell.

Kennedy, John F. - Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination (1960)

Kennedy, John F. - Inaugural Address (1961)

Kennedy, John F. - "American Spirit" (1961)

Kennedy, John F. - Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)

Kennedy, John F. - "We choose to go to the Moon" (1962)

Kennedy, John F. - "Albama University" (1963)

Kennedy, John F. - "Ich bin ein Berliner""(1963)

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 Reservations (1919)


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M-O

MacArthur, General 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 country...

Nixon, Richard M. - "Checkers" (1952)

Nixon, Richard M. - Address to nation on the war of Vietnam (1969)

Nixon, Richard M. - Resigning the Presidency (1974)

Nixon, Richard M. - White House Farewell (1974)

O'Connell, Daniel - Justice for Ireland (1836) Refuse me that if you can.


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P-R

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 detente’s 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 their teachers.

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.


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S-U

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.


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V-X

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 dog.

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.

Vivekananda, Swami - 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".

Vivekananda, Swami - 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.


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