Words have the power to inspire,
可以鼓舞 激发 影响数百万人
motivate and influence millions of people,
which is exactly what these speeches did.
And I still believe that
these problems can be solved.
Welcome to WatchMojo.com
and today we are counting down
our picks for the top 10 famous speeches in history.
We make speeches for each other.
And those English liberal magazines
that may grant us a few lines.
For this list,
we are looking at formal speeches
delivered to an audience
and are not including impromptu quotes,
such as Neil Armstrong’s
That’s one small step for a man,
one giant leap for mankind.
Or sermons from religious figures,
such as Jesus Christ.
You are the salt of the Earth.
But if the salt has lost its savor,
wherewith shall it be salted.
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Alexander the Great
His conquests hinged on,
his armies use of advanced technology.
But they also depended on Alexander’s legendary ability
to command the loyalty of thousands of men.
One of the greatest conquerors
the world has ever seen, by 335 BC,
Alexander the Great controlled all of Greece,
Egypt and the Persian Empire.
I don’t think Alexander saw any military engagement
as anything other than opportunity
to bulid his own heroic stature.
Alexander wanted more than that,however,
and set his sights on India.
Unfortunately, after nearly ten years of fighting,
his army had no interest in traveling further east
and threatened mutiny.
They rebelled against him. They refused to go further
and he had to turn around.
Alexander, having studied under Aristotle,
gave a rousing speech to motivate his men to continue to fight,
ending it by stating
“I will make those who stay the envy of those who returned.”
And all your great victories fade.
It will always be remembered,
you left your king in Asia!
For I will go on, with my Asians!
Germany Declares War on the USA
The State did not creat us.
Rather we created our own State!
Hey, we didn’t say all of these guys were good guys.
(Hitler is) a fantastic orator with the ability
to inspire millions to carry out his plans.
We know that German lies in front of us…
Germany marches within us…
and Germany follows behind us!
One of Hitler’s greatest speeches
came on December 11st, 1941,
when Germany declared war on the United States.
After summerizing Germany’s military successes in the previous year,
Hitler turned his attention to the United States.
He stressed that Germany had done nothing wrong to America
at any point in history.
Out of retaliation,
the United States declared war on Germany later that day,
making sure America was fully involved in both the European
and Pacific theaters of the war.
It’s probably not a more important figure
in the history of Classical Greece than Pericles.
What do you say to a city
父辈 丈夫 儿子战死于一场
that has seen fathers, husbands and sons
die in a war that has no end in sight.
That was the task facing Pericles
when he gave a speech at a public funeral for all Athenian men
who had been killed in the Peloponnesian War against Sparta.
Pericles’ expectation was that after a year or two,
but no more than three,
the Spartans would realize that they could not win the war,
because the Athenians would never give them the infantry battle they needed In order to win.
And then they had no other device available.
Rather than mourn the dead,
Pericles enthusiastically praised Athens and its citizens.
He used his rhetoric ability
to motivate all Athenians to continue to fight
to ensure these men did not die in vain.
The state thus offers a valuable prize
as the garland of victory in this race of valour
for the reward both of those who had fallen and their survivors,
and where the rewards for merit are greatest,
they are found the best citizens.
Is there any wonder the historian Thucydides
called him the first citizen of Athens.
But for all his power and sway,
Pericles did not rule the city.
for Athens was a democracy.
Second Virginia Convention
I know not what course others may take.
But as for me, give me liberty
or give me death!
Give me liberty or give me death.
These famous words that would forever be associated with the American Revolution,
was spoken by Patrick Henry at the second Virginia Convection in 1775.
我们必须战斗 我再重申遍 先生们 我们必须战斗！
We must fight! I repeat it, Sir. We must fight!
Virginia was one of the most important colonies in the New World,
And without its help, the revolution had little chance of succeeding.
There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery.
Our chains are forged.
They’re cranking maybe hard on the plains of Boston.
The war is inevitable
and let it come.
我重复一遍 先生们 让它来吧
I repeat, Sir. Let it come.
Henry’s speech was so powerful that the entire convention
which contained the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
is said to have sat in slience for several minutes afterward.
Patrick Henry was more responsible for getting the revolution underway,
than any other founding father.
John F. Kennedy
Let us go forth to lead the land we love,
asking his blessing and his help,
but knowing that here on Earth,
God’s work must truly be our own.
After two world wars, a conflict in Korea,
a crippling depression and relations with the Soviet Union reaching a boiling point,
the United States needed a reason to feel optimistic.
But most threatening of all,
he sees nearly sixteen hundred American strategic bombers
and two hundred inter-continental ballistic missiles,
which can strike the Soviet Union from the US.
Enter John F. Kennedy.
#Do you want a man for president#
#who sees it through and through#
At only 43, J.F.K. was the youngest president to ever been elected.
And he gave one of the most memorable inauguration addresses of all time.
And let every other power know
that this hemisphere intents to remain the master of its own house.
[cheering and applause]
Stressing the importance of resiliency and nationalism,
he famously stated:
“and so, my fellow Americans:
what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country”.
[Cheering and Applause]
Untill we stand in the fields
with the millions that toil each day under the hot sun,
we will not represent India.
Nor will we ever be able to challenge the British
as one nation.
Many passionate speeches have been given by someone speaking up for an oppressed people,
but rarely have they advocated for passive resistence.
This salt comes from the Indian Ocean.
Let every Indian claimed it as his right.
And so, once more, the man of nonviolence
has challenged the might of the British Empire,
Mahatma Gandhi did exactly that in 1942,
when he called for non-violent resistence to British occupation.
and inspired the ‘Quit India’ movement.
Declaring: here is a mantra, a short that one I give you.
是 “要么行动 要么死亡”
It is, “Do or Die”.
We shall either free India or die in the attempt.
Calling himself a friend of Britain,
he declared that he was attempting to save the British from their mistakes.
While the ‘Quit India’ movement was ultimately a failure,
the British government did eventually grant India independence.
Nonviolent revolution had freed India
In the 50 years since, it had transformed the world.
As Martin Luther King later said, ‘Christ gave me the message,
Gandhi gave me the method’.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
One has to image millions of people
clustered around their radio sets in towns all cross the country.
They don’t know what to expect of this new president.
J.F.K surely delivered one of the greatest inaugural addresses in history.
But decades earlier,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt began his lengthy career as president
with this iconic speech.
They only know the rules of a generation of self-seekers.
They have no vision
And when there is no vision, the people perish.
At the time, America was in the middle of the worst depression in history,
and had essentially run Herbert Hoover out of office.
And I’m convinced that you will again
give that support to leadership in the critical days.
F.D.R. was able to win over the hearts and minds
of a discouraged American population
with a passionate and confident speech,
promising to wedge war against the economic crisis facing the country.
Of course, having a strong opening line always helps.
Let me assert my firm belief
that the only thing we have to fear is
We Shall Fight on the Beaches
If we had kept together
after the last war,
if we had taken
common measures for our safety
this renewal of the curse
need never have fallen upon us.
One of three key speeches given by Churchill during the Battle of France,
this rousing address was delivered under less than ideal circumstances.
And if you look at
what Churchill achieved every day,
it is absolutely mind-boggling.
He was running all the different kinds of patrol.
The English Prime Minister was forced to not only warn the English people
about the potential for France’s catastrophic defeat,
but also to prepare them for war on their home soil.
Less than a month earlier,
Churchill had declared that the allies would be victorious.
With this looking less and less likely by the day,
Churchill resoundingly stated
that the British will never surrender to Germany.
We shall never surrender.
Instead, he memorably said, ‘they will fight them in France,
在海洋 空中 街道 海滩作战。”
on the seas, in the air, in the streets and on the beaches’.
We shall fight on the seas and oceans.
We shall fight
with growing confidence
and growing strength in the air.
We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be.
I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.
America has given the Negro people a bad check,
a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds”.
[cheering and applause]
One of the most inspirational speeches of all time,
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered this famous call to action
to over two hundred and fifty thousands people
on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in 1963.
And the destruction, the life
and of the ongoing progress of the Negro
will be the destruction of the ongoing progress of the nation.
King demanded an end to racism in America,
stating that one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation
African Americans were still not considered equal.
Now it’s the time
to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation
to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Perhaps surprisingly, the ‘I have a dream’ line
was not in the original draft.
It was improvised on the spot by King
after gospel singer Mahalia Jackson yelled out from the crowd,
urging him to tell them about the dream.
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!
Before we yield the floor to our top pick,
here are a few honorable mentions.
Hence every discrimination against women in the Constitutions and laws of several states
is today null and void.
precisely as is everyone aginst Negros.
I have only one thing to say:
you turn if you want to.
[laughing and clapping]
The lady’s not for turning.
Well now, it is the time to be off,
I to die and you to live.
But which of us has the happier prospect is unknown to anyone,
If you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe,
if you seek liberalization,
come here to this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.
Today, I consider myself
the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.
[cheering and clapping]
the Gettysburg Address
I think if I had my choice of all the moments
to be present at the… in that war period,
it would be at Gettysburg during the Lincoln’s delivery.
The Gettysburg Address is, without a doubt,
one of the most famous speeches in American history.
And then he went on to embolden the Union cause
with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.
Taken inspiration from Pericles’ Funeral Oration,
Lincoln delivered it four months after the Union Army
defeated the Confederacy at the bloody Battle of Gettysburg.
Four score and seven years ago
brought forth upon this continent,
a new nation,
conceived in Liberty.
In less than three minutes,
Lincoln issued a moving plea for the Union to pay tribute to the dead
《独立宣言》中自由 解放 平等的理念
by continuing to fight for the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence-
freedom, liberty and equality.
Finally, the president appears along thunderous applause.
Now history will take the measure of the president’s remarks.
Referenced countless times, including by J.F.K. and Matin Luther King, Jr.,
the transformative impact of this speech on the country
has earned it a prominent place in the history of the United States.
And that government of the people,
by the people,
for the people,
shall not perish from the Earth.
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