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Speeches

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]

HARVARD COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS by OPRAH WINFREY

Oh my goodness! I’m at Harvard! Wow! To President Faust, my fellow honorans, Carl [Muller] that was so beautiful, thank you so much, and James Rothenberg, Stephanie Wilson, Harvard faculty, with a special bow to my friend Dr. Henry Lewis Gates. All of you alumni, with a special bow to the Class of ’88, your […]

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION KEYNOTE by BARACK OBAMA

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honour for me because, let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and […]

I HAVE A DREAM by DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of […]

THE APOLOGY by PLATO for SOCRATES

I do not know, men of Athens, how my accusers affected you; as for me, I was almost carried away in spite of myself, so persuasively did they speak. And yet, hardly anything of what they said is true. Of the many lies they told, one in particular surprised me, namely that you should be […]

THEIR FINEST HOUR by WINSTON CHURCHILL

I spoke the other day of the colossal military disaster which occurred when the French High Command failed to withdraw the northern Armies from Belgium at the moment when they knew that the French front was decisively broken at Sedan and on the Meuse. This delay entailed the loss of fifteen or sixteen French divisions […]

DUTIES OF AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP by THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Of course, in one sense, the first essential for a man’s being a good citizen is his possession of the home virtues of which we think when we call a man by the emphatic adjective of manly. No man can be a good citizen who is not a good husband and a good father, who […]

A SPEECH TO DELEGATES by TONNY RUTAKIRWA

Distinguished guests, Members of the Academia, Dignitaries present, Ladies and Gentlemen in all your respective capacities, Good evening, Seems like a rather grand concept, one of those big statements that we all struggle to define accurately. And the problem is, and always has been with people, that we don’t know the value of time until […]

INAUGURAL ADDRESS by JOHN F. KENNEDY

Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens: We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolising an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and […]