The greatest speeches of all time

Dec 2017
308
Regnum Teutonicum
What do you think, are the ten greatest speeches of all time?

For the purpose of this thread, please only consider speeches with the following criteria:
1. Recorded speeches, where the records still exist
2. Real speeches, so no movie speeches and the like
3. Positive speeches or speeches giving hope, so no powerful speeches done for motivating or justifying evil
4. The speech has to have a significance for a large part of the worlds people (it can be about local circumstances, but those have to have wider implications), so no speeches addressed for a subset of a countries population, if it doesn't have connections to other populations with the same or similar problems
5. You can post videos of the speeches or cite them if you want to


The three that immediately pop into ones mind are the following:
Winston Churchills speech on June 4th, 1940
Ernst Reuters speech on September 9th, 1948
John F. Kennedys speech on June 26th, 1963

Also wasn't there a speech by Ghandi about the salt march with implications for colonialism?
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,961
Sydney
Unless a German friend misled me
Kennedy "Ich bin ein berliner " would be understood as " I am a little sausage "
a Berliner is supposed to be to delicatessen what Hamburger is to sandwich
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,375
Netherlands
The one speech that truly changed the USA
Lyndon B. Johnson: The American Promise 1965 Speech (Full Transcript) – The Singju Post
LBJ said:
There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong — deadly wrong — to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.

There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. I have not the slightest doubt what will be your answer.
 
Feb 2019
472
Thrace
Pericles' Funeral Oration hands down:

I could tell you a long story (and you know it as well as I do) about what is to be gained by beating the enemy back. What I would prefer is that you should fix your eyes every day on the greatness of Athens as she realty is, and should fall in love with her. When you realize her greatness, then reflect that what made her great was men with a spirit of adventure, men who knew their duty, men who were ashamed to fall below a certain standard. If they ever failed in an enterprise, they made up their minds that at any rate the city should not find their courage lacking to her, and they gave to her the best contribution that they could. They gave her their lives, to her and to all of us, and for their own selves they won praises that never grow old, the most splendid of sepulchers — not the sepulchre in which their bodies are laid, but where their glory remains eternal in men's minds, always there on the right occasion to stir others to speech or to action. For heroes have the whole earth as their tomb: it is not only the inscriptions on their graves in their own country that mark them out; no, in foreign lands also, not in any visible form but in people's hearts, their memory abides and grows. It is for you to try to be like them. Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.


I'm a pacifist but a speech like that could activate my berserker rage lol!
 
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Jun 2017
2,965
Connecticut
For me this would be based on the effect. Got two candidates based on that.

First whatever Napoleon said to get the army to join him without firing a shot. No this doesn't fulfill the criteria but it must have been something.

Second the Bryan cross of gold speech. Bryan was a 36 year old one term former congressman and that speech got him a presidential nomination(that led to two others). And recording of this does exist I actually have a copy.
 
Feb 2019
846
Serbia
First whatever Napoleon said to get the army to join him without firing a shot. No this doesn't fulfill the criteria but it must have been something.
What he said afterwards is also interesting: As the French Army was sent to arrest him he came across the 5th Regiment of Foot. He stood before them and said ''Soldiers of the 5th, shoot your Emperor if you dare.'' None did and they switched to his side. Another version has it that he stood infront of his soldiers and said something among the lines of ''If you want to shoot your Emperor, here I am.'' There is also an alleged letter from Napoleon to Louis XVIII that read ''My dear brother, there is no need to send any more troops. I have enough.''

It's possible that all this is a myth as I haven't been able to find the letter. He probably did say something but it's unclear what is real and what isn't.
 

Corvidius

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Jul 2017
3,047
Crows nest
Unless a German friend misled me
Kennedy "Ich bin ein berliner " would be understood as " I am a little sausage "
a Berliner is supposed to be to delicatessen what Hamburger is to sandwich
He said, "I am a donut" Doh!
But, it was perfectly well understood exactly what he meant.