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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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good information. I would like to add that the speeches can give a good impact or a bad impact. Like Swami Vivekanda's speeches gave a good impact. But Osama Bin Laden's Speeches gave a very bad impact. Speeches can change the world. A very good data piece, very impressive

December 15, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Ian Whitley said...

Our leaders have a huge responsibility and what they say can have both positive and negative impact. It is good to read some of their speeches and see the impact it has had on our society.

October 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

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