Famous Speeches

President Uhuru Kenyatta Inauguration and Swearing-In Speech



Barack Obama re-election acceptance speech – 2012

The full text of the  re-election acceptance speech given in Chicago in 2012 by Barack Obama after he won a second term in office as US president: Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic national convention – DNC 2012

Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but don’t get any ideas, you’re still going to class tomorrow. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for. Read the rest of this entry »


Bill Clinton’s Speech to the Democratic National Convention 2012


The following is the full text of former President Bill Clinton’s speech on Wednesday 5th Sep 2012 from the Democratic National Convention.

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Steve Jobs Speech: How to live before you die

Steve Jobs gives his commencement address at Stanford university in 2005.

Steve Jobs gives his commencement address at Stanford university in 2005.

In 12 June, 2005, a year after he was first diagnosed with cancer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a candid speech to graduating students at Stanford University.  Read the rest of this entry »


Nobel Lecture By Wangari Maathai

Nobel Lecture, Oslo, December 10, 2004


Prof. Wangari Maathai Nobel Lecture

Prof. Wangari Maathai Nobel Lecture

Your Royal Highnesses
Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen

I stand before you and the world humbled by this recognition and uplifted by the honour of being the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. Read the rest of this entry »


Nelson Mandela Speech – Inaugural Address

Inaugural Address speech by Nelson Mandela
May 10th 1994

Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and friends:

Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. Read the rest of this entry »


Nelson Mandela Speech – I Am Prepared To Die

Nelson Mandela – “I am Prepared to Die”
April 20, 1964

I am the First Accused.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961. Read the rest of this entry »


Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech – I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered what is regarded today as one of the greatest speeches in American history. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech Against the Iraq War

October 2002
The Federal Plaza in Chicago

I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech – A More Perfect Union

Barack Obama Speech – A More Perfect Union

Philadelphia, PA | March 18, 2008

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech – Our Past, Future & Vision for America

Our Past, Future & Vision for America
February 10, 2007
Barack Obama Presidential Announcement
Springfield, Illinois

Let me begin by saying thanks to all you who’ve traveled, from far and wide, to brave the cold today.

We all made this journey for a reason. It’s humbling, but in my heart I know you didn’t come here just for me, you came here because you believe in what this country can be. In the face of war, you believe there can be peace. In the face of despair, you believe there can be hope. In the face of a politics that’s shut you out, that’s told you to settle, that’s divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what’s possible, building that more perfect union. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech – The Remaking of America – Inaugural Address

The Remaking of America

The Inaugural Address
By President Barack Hussein Obama
Washington, DC, January 20, 2009

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you’ve bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama Speech – The American Promise – Democratic Convention 2008

Barack Obama Speech
The American Promise – Democratic Convention

Denver, CO | August 28, 2008

To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech – 2004 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama Speech :
2004 Democratic National Convention

On behalf of the great state of Illinois , crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln , let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya . He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant.

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John F. Kennedy Speech – Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, at the height of Cold War tensions. The speech set the tone for the foreign-policy activism of the youngest president elected in the United States. President Kennedy reached out to the world’s newly developing countries, which at the time were being courted by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the People’s Republic of China. Kennedy’s message foreshadowed such programs as the Alliance for Progress and the far more successful Peace Corps. Herbert S. Parmet

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Hitler Speech – My Patience Is Now at an End

German dictator Adolf Hitler often worked himself and his audiences to a fever pitch of emotion during his orations. By September 26, 1938, when he gave this speech, Germany had annexed Austria and laid claim to the area of Czechoslovakia known as the Sudetenland, where many ethnic Germans lived. Hitler insisted in this speech that aside from Sudetenland, he had no “territorial problem” in Europe. On September 29, Britain, France, and Italy signed the Munich Pact with Germany, allowing the Sudetenland to be ceded to Germany. Read the rest of this entry »


Mahatma Gandhi Speech – Non-Violence Is the First Article of My Faith

Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is the last article of my faith. But I had to make my choice. I had either to submit to a system which I considered has done an irreparable harm to my country or incur the risk of the mad fury of my people bursting forth when they understood the truth from my lips. I know that my people have sometimes gone mad. I am deeply sorry for it; and I am therefore, here, to submit not to a light penalty but to the highest penalty. I do not ask for mercy. I do not plead any extenuating act. I am here, therefore, to invite and submit to the highest penalty that can be inflicted upon me for what in law is a deliberate crime and what appears to me to be the highest duty of a citizen. Read the rest of this entry »


Fidel Castro Speech – History Will Absolve Me

On July 26, 1953, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro led approximately 180 young men in an attack on the Moncada military fortress in Santiago de Cuba. This assault on the political leadership of dictator Fulgencio Batista ended in Castro’s capture and imprisonment. At his trial Castro acted as his own attorney and gave the following speech in his defense. Batista granted him amnesty in 1955, and Castro went into exile in Mexico. In 1956 he returned to Cuba with a small group of guerrillas, calling themselves the 26th of July Movement. Their revolution eventually triumphed in 1959.

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Bill Clinton Speech – First Inaugural Address

United States President Bill Clinton delivered his first inaugural address on January 20, 1993. Clinton was the first president from the Democratic Party to be elected since 1976. In his speech, Clinton emphasizes that the United States must work in order to keep up with and benefit from continuing social and economic change. In his opening phrase “we force the spring,” Clinton summarizes his call for national renewal and rebirth. Among the specific issues he touches on are community service, economic inequality in the United States, and the globalization of trade and foreign policy. Read the rest of this entry »


Barack Obama Speech – Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama Speech – Reclaiming the American Dream

El Dorado , KS | January 29, 2008

I want to thank Governor Sebelius for her support in this campaign, for the leadership she’s provided the state of Kansas, and for the example she’s set for Democrats all across America. Read the rest of this entry »


Socrates – In His Own Defense

Greek philosopher Socrates chose to die rather than cease teaching his philosophy, declaring that “no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.” In 399 bc Socrates was accused and convicted of impiety and moral corruption of the youth of Athens, Greece. At his trial, he presented a justification of his life. The substance of his speech was recorded by Greek philosopher Plato, a disciple of Socrates, in Plato’s Apology.

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Woodrow Wilson Speech – Peace Without Victory

Woodrow Wilson Speech – Peace Without Victory

January 22, 1917

Before the United States entered World War I (1914-1918), President Woodrow Wilson tried to serve as a peacemaker between the Allies and the Central Powers. In a January 22, 1917 speech before the U.S. Senate, he called for a “peace without victory.” Many people scoffed at what they considered Wilson’s idealism. His proposals, however, foreshadowed international collaborations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations (UN). His ideas also formed the basis for the concept of a “new world order” that President George Bush developed at the close of the Cold War in the 1980s. Read the rest of this entry »