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Speeches

Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell

When going down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers many years ago with a party of English travelers I found myself under the direction of an old Arab guide whom we hired up at Baghdad, and I have often thought how that guide resembled our barbers in certain mental characteristics. He thought that it was not […]

Stalingrad Speech by Adolf Hitler

My German fellow-countrymen and women! Party Comrades! It is, I think, something very extraordinary when a man after about 20 years can stand before his old followers, and when in doing so he has not had to make any revisions of his program during these 20 years. Today’s gathering, however, reminds us most of all […]

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Mr President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr Emhoff, Americans and the world,   When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry. A sea we must wade. We braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms […]

Cross of Gold Speech by William Jennings Bryan

Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the Convention: I would be presumptuous, indeed, to present myself against the distinguished gentlemen to whom you have listened if this were mere measuring of abilities; but this is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, […]

Checkers Speech by Richard Nixon

My Fellow Americans, I come before you tonight as a candidate for the Vice-Presidency and as a man whose honesty and integrity has been questioned. Now, the usual political thing to do when charges are made against you is to either ignore them or to deny them without giving details. I believe we have had […]

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by William Faulkner

  Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work — a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory but — but to make out of the material of the human spirit something which was not there […]

The Divine Comedy, Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Inferno: Canto I Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear. So bitter is it, death […]

J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Address at Harvard University

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates. The first thing I would like to say is ‘thank you.’ Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I have endured at the thought […]

Commencement Address at Maharishi University by Jim Carrey

Thank you. What are you sitting down for! I was going to milk that for a while. You guys can stretch that out at post, right? To make that longer in the edit. Thank you, Bevan, thank you all! I brought one of my paintings to show you today. I hope you guys are going to be able see it […]

Tulane University Commencement Address by Ellen DeGeneres

Oh boy, thank you so much, thank you so much. Thank you, President Cowan, Mrs. President Cowen; distinguished guests, undistinguished guests, you know who you are, honored faculty and creepy Spanish teacher. And thank you to all the graduating Class of 2009, I realize most of you are hungover and have splitting headaches and haven’t slept since […]