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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #1

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What are some of the best military related or even politically related speeches in you guy's opinion, im specifically looking for stuff from roman times or WW2
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #2

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Despite my personal opinion of Winston Churchill, he has to be a contender here. I'll just throw in a couple of quotations from his wartime speeches:-

"Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few..."
from 20th August 1940 http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1...128255,00.html

"The end of the beginning" given 10th November 1942.
http://www.churchill-society-london..../EndoBegn.html
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He has to be a contender here. I'll just throw in a couple of quotations from his wartime speeches:-

"Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few..."
from 20th August 1940 http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1...128255,00.html

"The end of the beginning" given 10th November 1942.
http://www.churchill-society-london..../EndoBegn.html
Chookie we agree for once!

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Pericles' Funeral Oration is a famous speech from [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thucydides"]Thucydides[/ame]' [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Peloponnesian_War"]History of the Peloponnesian War[/ame].



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pericles'_Funeral_Oration

Martin Luther King's The Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, is an [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_letter"]open letter[/ame] written on April 16, 1963 that in effect is a specah and a great one.
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_from_Birmingham_Jail"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_from_Birmingham_Jail[/ame]
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The Famous Patton Speech

The real speach
http://www.pattonhq.com/speech.html


The holllywood version
http://www.politicalspeeches.net/us-...the-third-army

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU1vL3TsIis&feature=related"]YouTube - Patton speech[/ame]
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Pericles' Funeral Oration is a famous speech from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pericles'_Funeral_Oration

Martin Luther King's The Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963 that in effect is a specah and a great one.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_...irmingham_Jail
Garry Wills argues persuasively in Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America that Thucydides was the model for Lincoln when composing the Gettysburg Address. Not the specified era, but a great speech....particularly for a bumpkin!

"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 are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
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Garry Wills argues persuasively in Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America that Thucydides was the model for Lincoln when composing the Gettysburg Address. Not the specified era, but a great speech....particularly for a bumpkin!
Oh Diddy that was my next one Gettysburg.

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While we're talking about Lincoln...

Concluding his second inaugural, Lincoln delivered the immortal words:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Attending the festivities that day, and standing over President Lincoln's left shoulder was Baltimore native and famous actor, John Wilkes Booth.
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On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Delivered his immortal "I have a dream" speech. His choice of the Lincoln memorial as a backdrop was no accident:

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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 today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

While we haven't fulfilled Dr. Kings dream, it is a view of what can, and perhaps will, one day, be.
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