Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, did not believe in the gods, and created new deities."
The Apology of Socrates
The concluding sentence and subsequent title of a four-hour speech made by Fidel Castro on 16 October 1953. Castro made the speech in his own defense in court against the charges brought against him after leading an attack on the Moncada Barracks. Though no record of Castro's words was kept, he reconstructed them later for publication in what was to become the manifesto of his 26th of July Movement.
History Will Absolve Me
A famous speech by Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces, in 1940. The appeal is the origin of the French Resistance to the German occupation during World War II. It is one of the most important speeches in French history.
Appeal of 18 June
Most famous speech made by Malcolm X.
The Ballet or the Bullet
A famous quotation from a June 26, 1963, speech of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin. He was underlining the support of the United States for democratic West Germany shortly after the Soviet-supported Communist state of East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as a barrier to prevent movement between East and West.
"Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a citizen of Berlin")
'Pro Milone' and 'Catilini Orations' are speeches by this man, the Roman Empire's best known orator.
Title of a famous speech by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck given in 1862 about the unification of the German territories.
Blood and Iron
Salvador Allende's last speech.
The great avenues will open again...
Famous speech from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War. The 'Funeral Oration Speech' was delivered by this man responsible for 'The Golden Age of Athens.'
n the concession speech given by Parti Québécois Premier Jacques Parizeau after narrowly losing 50.58% to 49.42% in the 1995 Quebec referendum on sovereignty, he blamed the defeat on these entities.
Money and the ethnic vote
Valedictory speech given by General Douglas MacArthur at West Point on 12 May 1962.
Duty, honor, Country
The climactic closing words of the graveside oration of Patrick Pearse at the funeral of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa on 1 August 1915. The oration roused Irish republican feeling and was a significant element in the lead-up to the Easter Rising of 1916.
"Ireland unfree shall never be at peace"
The famous challenge from United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall.
Tear down this wall
Speech delivered on December 8, 1941 by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Speech in which four goals were famously articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the State of the Union Address he delivered to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941.
Four Freedoms Speech
A famous quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech made to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Give me Liberty, or give me Death!
Speech delivered by Confederate Vice President, Alexander Stephens extemporaneously in Savannah, Georgia on March 21, 1861. The speech explained the differences were between the constitution of the Confederate Republic and that of the United States, laid out the Confederate causes for the American Civil War, and defended slavery.
A famous speech made on December 10, 1992 by then Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating at Redfern Park that dealt with the challenges faced by these people.
Indigenous Australians (Aborigines mainly)
Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev famously used an expression generally translated into English as this (___ ___ ___ ___) while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception in Moscow in November, 1956. The translation has been controversial because it was presented out of context as being belligerent.
"We will bury you!"
Speech made by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the Republic of India to the Indian Constituent Assembly, on the eve of India's independence, towards midnight on August 14, 1947.
Tryst with destiny Speech
Three speeches given during the period of the Battle of France by Winston Churchill. Each of these speeches were a great inspiration to an embattled United Kingdom as it entered what was probably the most dangerous phase of the entire war.
"Blood, toil, tears, and sweat", "We shall fight on the beaches" and "This was their finest hour."
Speech delivered by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels at the Berlin Sportpalast to a large but carefully-selected audience on 18 February 1943, as the tide of World War II was turning against Nazi Germany.
Sportpalast Speech or Total War Speech
One of the most famous of 30 fireside chats broadcast on the radio by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was read on December 29, 1940, at a time when Nazi Germany had conquered much of Europe and threatened Britain. Franklin Roosevelt had referred to Detroit as this (___ ___ ___) when the auto industry geared up to produce weaponry during World War II.
"Arsenal of Democracy"
One of the most famous sermons preached by Jonathan Edwards, a prominent Calvinist Congregational minister, in Enfield, Connecticut, in 1741. It is frequently used in American high school and college English courses as an example of Puritan literature.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
A historically-important address made by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa, on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town. The speech signalled clearly that the British Government intended to grant independence to many of these territories, which indeed happened subsequently, with most of the British possessions in Africa becoming independent nations in the 1960s.
Wind of Change Speech
Speech made by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on August 20, 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain referring the RAF. It is best remembered for his use of the phrase "the few" to describe the Allied aircrew of Royal Air Force (RAF).
Never was so much owed by so many to so few
The most famous speech of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history.
Speech delivered by William Jennings Bryan at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago advocating Bimetallism.
Cross of Gold Speech
Popular name given to the historic public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously as equals.
"I Have a Dream"
The Gazimestan Speech was given in 1989 by this man to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo. The speech has since become famous for it's reference to the possibility of "armed battles" in the future of Serbia's national development.
Speech made by Mahatma Gandhi on August 8th 1942, on the eve of a famous movement where he called for determined, but passive resistance that signified the certitude that Gandhi foresaw for the movement as best described by his call to Do or Die.
Quit India Speech
Phrase that is associated with John Winthrop's sermon, 'A Model of Christian Charity', given in 1630. Winthrop warned the Puritan colonists of New England who were to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony that their new community would be a ___ ___ ___ ___ watched by the world.
City upon a Hill
Speech that takes its name from the location of the address delivered in 1588 by Elizabeth I to the land forces assembled here in Essex to repel the Spanish Armada.
Speech delivered by President Woodrow Wilson of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress on January 8, 1918. In his speech, Wilson intended to set out a blueprint for lasting peace in Europe after World War I.
Fourteen Points Speech