9781905204168

Speeches That Changed the World

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    9781905204168

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    1905204167

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  • Copyright: 2006-08-01
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Summary

This book contains over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from a wide range of historical eras and nations that will inspire readers and give them a greater understanding of events of the time. Each speech is accompanied by a comprehensive introduction that explains its historical background, why it was significant and what happened as a result.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(3)
Moses `Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20, 1--17
6(3)
Jesus of Nazareth `Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5--7
9(8)
Mohammed `Turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. `Koran 2, 144--145, 147--50
17(3)
St Francis of Assisi `My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God.' Sermon to the birds, c. 1220
20(3)
Queen Elizabeth I `I have the heart and stomach of a king.' Speech to the English troops at Tilbury, 1588
23(3)
King Charles I `I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown.' Speech on the scaffold, 30 January 1649
26(4)
Oliver Cromwell `In the name of God, go!' Dismisses the Rump Parliament, 20 April 1653
30(3)
George Washington `A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.' Farewell address, 7 September 1796
33(6)
Thomas Jefferson `We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.' Inaugural address, 4 March 1801
39(6)
Napoleon Bonaparte `Soldiers of my Old Guard: I bid you farewell.' Farewell to the Old Guard, 20 April 1814
45(3)
Abraham Lincoln `Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation...' The Gettysburg Address, 19 November 1863
48(3)
Emmeline Pankhurst `I am here as a soldier who has temporarily left the field of battle.' Speech on women's suffrage, 13 November 1913
51(3)
Marie Curie `The scientific history of radium is beautiful.' On the discovery of radium, 14 May 1921
54(4)
Mohandas Gandhi `There is no salvation for India.' 4 February 1916
58(4)
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin `Power to the Soviets.' September 1917
62(5)
Woodrow Wilson `The world must be made safe for democracy.' Speech to Congress, 2 April 1917
67(4)
Clarence Darrow `I believe in the law of love.' Closing speech in defence of Henry Sweet, April 1926
71(4)
Neville Chamberlain `Peace for our time.' London, 30 September 1938
75(3)
Adolf Hitler `My patience is now at an end.' Speech at the Sportpalast, Berlin, 26 September 1938
78(7)
`I am from now on just first soldier of the German Reich.' Speech at the Reichstag, Berlin, 1 September 1939
82(3)
Joseph Stalin `It is essential that the war continue for as long as possible.' Speech to the Politburo, 19 August 1939
85(5)
Winston Churchill `I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.' House of Commons, London, 13 May 1940
90(6)
`This was their finest hour.' House of Commons, London, 18 June 1940
94(1)
`Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' House of Commons, London, 20 August 1940
95(1)
Vyacheslav Molotov `Perfidy unparalleled in the history of civilized nations.' On the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, 22 June 1941
96(4)
Franklin D. Roosevelt `The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' Inaugural address, 4 March 1933
100(7)
`A date which will live in infamy.' Speech to Congress, 8 December 1941
105(2)
Charles de Gaulle `The flame of French resistance must not and shall not die.' Appeal of 18 June 1940
107(3)
General George S. Patton, Jr `I am personally going to shoot that paper-hanging sonofabitch Hitler.' Speech on the eve of D-Day, 5 June 1944
110(4)
Emperor Hirohito `The enemy has begun to deplay a new and most cruel bomb.' The surrender of Japan, August 1945
114(4)
Jawaharlal Nehru `At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.' Speech on the granting of independence, 4 August 1947
118(4)
J. Robert Oppenheimer `The reason that we did this job is because it was an organic necessity.' Los Alamos, Mexico, 2 November 1945
122(4)
General Douglas MacArthur `I have just left your fighting sons in Korea.... They are splendid in every way.' Farewell speech to Congress, 19 April 1951
126(4)
Nelson Mandela `I am the First Accused.' 20 April 1964
130(6)
`Free at last.' 2 May 1994
134(2)
Eamon de Valera `These were all good men.'
136(4)
The fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising, 10 April 1966
136(4)
John F. Kennedy `Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.' Inaugural address, 20 January 1961
140(8)
`Ich bin ein Berliner.' At the Berlin Wall, 26 June 1963
146(2)
Martin Luther King Jr `I have a dream.' Lincoln Memorial, Washington, 28 August 1963
148(8)
`I've seen the promised land.' Memphis, Tennessee, 3 April 1968
154(2)
Malcolm X `You can't hate the roots of a tree, and not hate the tree.' 14 February 1965
156(4)
Shirley Chisholm `I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black.' Speech to Congress, 21 May 1969
160(4)
Pierre Trudeau `Who are the kidnap victims?' National broadcast, 16 October 1970
164(6)
Golda Meir `Stop the killing.' Address to the Knesset, 26 May 1970
170(4)
Richard M. Nixon `There can be no whitewash at the White House.' Address to the nation, 30 April 1973
174(6)
Indira Gandhi `Women's education is almost more important than the education of boys and men.' 23 November 1974
180(4)
Chaim Herzog `Hate, ignorance and evil.' Address to UN General Assembly, 10 November 1975
184(4)
Mother Teresa `Love begins at home.' Speech on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 11 December 1979
188(4)
Pope John Paul II `Our Polish freedom costs so much.' Speech at Jasna Gora monastery, Poland, 18 June 1983
192(4)
Ronald Reagan `Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!' Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 12 June 1987
196(6)
Mikhail Gorbachev `Freedom of choice is a universal principle to which there should be no exceptions.' Address to UN General Assembly, 7 December 1988
202(4)
F. W. de Klerk `The time for negotiation has arrived.' Speech at the opening of Parliament, 2 February 1990
206(4)
Vaclav Havel `We live in a contaminated moral environment.' Broadcast to the people of Czechoslovakia, 1 January 1990
210(4)
Elie Wiesel `The perils of indifference.' Seventh White House Millennium Evening, 12 April 1999
214(6)
George W. Bush `A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.' Address to the nation, 11 September 2001
220(4)
Index 224

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