Great Speeches that Changed The World

On the day of Barack Obama's inaugural address in Washington D.C. It seemed an appropriate time to look at some of the great speeches that have influenced and changed the world.

These great speeches often provided the seed for powerful social or political change. They also inspired nations and races in their darkest hour.

Perhaps none more so than Winston Churchill's defiant speeches in 1940 and 41, as Britain stood alone against the Nazi conquered Europe.

These speeches are often beacons of hope from Martin Luther King's - "I Have a Dream" to Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow nation speech"

The speeches are also important reminders of basic moral values from Jesus Christ's 'Sermon on the Mount'' to Mother Teresa's Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech.

Speeches that changed the world

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
  Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth."
 -Sermon on the Mount (c30 AD) - Jesus Christ
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."
- Gettysburg Address 19th November 1863 - Abraham Lincoln

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
- I Have a Dream 28th August, 1963- Martin Luther King
"I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true."
 Swami Vivekananda's speech 11th September, 1893 to World Parliament of Religions
"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France.... we shall never surrender"
- Winston Churchill 4th June 1940 - We shall fight on the beeches
I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

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I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

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"Such is individual life. Who, I ask you, can take, dare take, on himself the rights, the duties, the responsibilities of another human soul?"
- Solitude of self - (1892) Elizabeth Cady Stanton  to US Congress on issue of women's rights

"This Declaration is based upon the spiritual fact that man must have freedom in which to develop his full stature and through common effort to raise the level of human dignity. We have much to do to fully achieve and to assure the rights set forth in this Declaration. But having them put before us with the moral backing of 58 nations will be a great step forward."
On the adoption of the Universal declaration of Human Rights (1948) - Eleanor Roosevelt
" We found that all the fine phrases about freedom and liberty were entirely for male consumption, and that they did not in any way apply to women." 
- Freedom or Death 13th November, 1913 - Emily Pankhurst

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Worst Places to Live in Great Britain

Hull Hull have been the butt of many jokes, not least because Prescott hails from Hull. Nevertheless, the country got joy from seeing Hull FC temporarily 4th place in the English Premier League.

Morecambe. Morecambe is so called because 'more came' from other cities. Really it should now be called Moreleft because that would be more appropriate. Morecambe once had several piers, illuminations and great hotels. The piers fell into the pier and the tourist attraction on the prom were turned into a giant Morrisions. However, Morecambe FC did make it to the football league after many years of anonymity in the non league.

Birmingham. The best thing about Birmingham is the new M6 Toll road which makes it easier to pass through.
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Famous black people who changed the world

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Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) - King was a pivotal figure in the non-violent civil rights movement. During the 1950s and 1960s, he sought to improve race relations and overturn discrimination in American society. He is remembered for his powerful speeches which sought to bring about a united society - where race did not act as a barrier.
Nelson Mandela (1918 –  2013 ) - Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post apartheid South Africa. Also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa.
Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) Leading figurehead in the South African anti apartheid movement. Desmond Tutu is a leading figure in speaking out for humanitarian and civil rights issues.
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Worst Cities in the UK.

Birmingham. Birmingham has many ugly buildings and nothing really to show for it. One of the best things about Birmingham is the new M6 toll road which makes it easier to avoid the dreadful traffic congestion that can blight Birmingham. Presumably the traffic is due to people trying to leave or pass through. Birmingham has two big football teams who never win anything - Birmingham and Aston Villa

Liverpool. True the Beatles came from Liverpool, but, they didn't stay there and that says alot. The main attraction of Liverpool is the two football clubs. Liverpool was notorious for being a hothead of Militant socialism in the 1980s, it led Neil Kinnock to expelling the leader of Liverpool city council (Derek Hatton I think) out of the Labour party.

Liverpoodlians don't like being spoken ill of - as Boris Johnson found out when he was forced to travel up to Liverpool and issue a grovelling apology. Boris said Liverpudlians wallowed in its 'victim status'

Milton Keynes. Named after a famous poet and a famous economist, Milton Keynes is supposed to be a mixture of the ancient and modern but, is better known for its innumerable roundabouts and being a rather sad destination for the football club formerly known as Wimbledon.
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Best Cities in the UK to Visit

  1. London - great variety of tourist attractions and famous shopping including Harrods
  2. Oxford - City of dreaming spires. Beautiful medieval colleges and buildings of Oxford University
  3. Cambridge - smaller than Oxford, but makes colleges more compact. Including Kings College.
  4. Cardiff - Capital of Wales, undergoing cultural renaissance
  5. Edinburgh - capital of Scotland with castle on a hill.
  6. York - ancient Roman town with city walls still visible.
  7. Manchester - City of Manchester United.
  8. Canterbury - smallest city in the UK, with ancient Cathedral
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Famous British Quotes

“I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat….’ You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs — Victory in spite of all terror — Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”

- Winston Churchill
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:”
- William Shakespeare
"There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."

- Diana, Princess of Wales
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
- Sir Winston Churchill
"Democracy is always a struggle for justice against the powerful"
- Tony Benn
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”
- John Maynard Keynes
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. "
- Oscar Wilde

'Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone.'

- Edith Cavell

"I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too."
Queen Elizabeth I

"There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God."
Queen Elizabeth I
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The Greatest Cricket Team of All Time

1. Don Bradman - A test average of 99, so far above anyone else it remains a statistical freak.
2. W.G. Grace - The father of cricket a fearsome competitor for over 3 decades.
3. Len Hutton
4. Brain Lara -
5. Sachin Tendulkar
6. Sir Gary Sobers
7. Ian Botham - all rounder with taste for the big occassion.
8. Alan Knott - a great wicket keeper
9. Shane Warne - greatest spin bowler of a generation
10. Malcom Marshall One could have picked any number of West Indies speed demons
11. C E L Ambrose
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