The 35 Greatest Speeches in History

The following are lists of great speeches of great men in the world that marked our history and culture.

  1. Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship” - January 26, 1883; Buffalo, New York
  2. Winston Churchill, “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” - June 4, 1940; House of Commons, London
  3. Lou Gehrig, “Farewell to Baseball Address” - July 4, 1939; Yankee Stadium
  4. Demosthenes, “The Third Philippic” - 342 B.C.; Athens, Greece
  5. Chief Joseph, “Surrender Speech” - October 5, 1877; Montana Territory
  6. John F. Kennedy, “Inauguration Address” - January 20, 1961; Washington, D.C.
  7. Ronald Reagan, “Address to the Nation on the Challenger” - January 28, 1986; Washington, D.C.
  8. “Speech of Alexander the Great” - 326 B.C.; Hydaspes River, India
  9. William Wilberforce, “Abolition Speech” - May 12, 1789; House of Commons, London
  10. Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man with the Muck-rake” - April 14, 1906; Washington, D.C.
  11. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “First Inaugural Address” - March 4, 1933; Washington, D.C.
  12. Charles de Gaulle, “The Appeal of 18 June” - June 18, 1940; London
  13. Socrates, “Apology” - 399 B.C.; Athens
  14. George Washington, “Resignation Speech” - December 23, 1784; Annapolis, Maryland
  15. Mahatma Gandhi, “Quit India” - August 8, 1942; India
  16. Winston Churchill, “Their Finest Hour” - June 18, 1940; House of Commons, London
  17. William Faulkner, “Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech” - December 10, 1950; Stockholm, Sweden
  18. Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Farewell Address” - January 17, 1961; Washington, D.C.
  19. Marcus Tullius Cicero, “The First Oration Against Catiline” - 63 BC; Rome
  20. Ronald Reagan, “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate” - June 12, 1987; Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
  21. Pericles, “Funeral Oration” - 431 BC; Athens
  22. General Douglas MacArthur, “Farewell Address to Congress” - April 19, 1951, Washington; D.C.
  23. Theodore Roosevelt, “Strength and Decency” - Date and place not listed
  24. Abraham Lincoln, “2nd Inaugural Address” - March 4, 1865; Washington, D.C.
  25. Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” - March 23, 1775; Richmond, VA
  26. Ronald Reagan, “40th Anniversary of D-Day” - June 6, 1984; Pointe du Hoc, France
  27. John F. Kennedy, “The Decision to Go to the Moon” - May 25, 1961; Washington, D.C.
  28. Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” - July 5, 1852; Rochester, NY
  29. General Douglas MacArthur, “Duty, Honor, Country” - May 12, 1962; West Point, New York
  30. Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic” - April 23, 1910; Paris, France
  31. Winston Churchill, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” - May 13, 1940; House of Commons, London
  32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” - December 8, 1941; Washington, D.C.
  33. Jesus Christ, “The Sermon on the Mount” - 33 A.D.; Jerusalem
  34. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” - August 28, 1963; Washington, D.C.
  35. Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address” - November 19, 1863; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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