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Nearly 300 speeches offer provocative themes, historic parallels, and memorable quotations: Socrates, Julius Caesar, St. Francis, Martin Luther, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Fulton J. Sheen, Barbara Jordan, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela, Earl of Spencer, and many others. Includes 7 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13th, 1940," "Farewell Address," "Gettysburg Address," "I Have a Dream," "Second Inaugural Address," "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention," and "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486409030
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/21/1999
  • Edition description: ENLARGED
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 944
  • Sales rank: 618,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.79 (d)

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The World's Great Speeches


By Lewis Copeland, Lawrence W. Lamm, Stephen J. McKenna

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 1999 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-13283-9


CHAPTER 1

I. GREECE AND ROME


Pericles

[495? B.C.–429 B.C.]

The Age of Pericles is famous for the splendid development of the fine arts. Pericles, the brilliant Athenian statesman, gave mankind one of the greatest funeral orations ever made. This address was delivered in 431 B.C., as a memorial to the first Athenian soldiers who fell in the Peloponnesian War.


FUNERAL ORATION

MANY of those who have spoken before me on these occasions have commended the author of that law which we now are obeying for having instituted an oration to the honor of those who sacrifice their lives in fighting for their country. For my part, I think it sufficient for men who have proved their virtue in action, by action to be honored for it—by such as you see the public gratitude now performing about this funeral; and that the virtues of many ought not to be endangered by the management of any one person when their credit must precariously depend on his oration, which may be good and may be bad. Difficult, indeed, it is, judiciously to handle a subject where even probable truth will hardly gain assent. The hearer, enlightened by a long acquaintance, and warm in his affection, may quickly pronounce everything unfavorably expressed in respect to what he wishes and what he knows—while the stranger pronounces all exaggerated through envy of those deeds which he is conscious are above his own achievement. For the praises bestowed upon others are then only to be endured, when men imagine they can do those feats they hear to have been done; they envy what they cannot equal, and immediately pronounce it false. Yet, as this solemnity hath received its sanction from the authority of our ancestors, it is my duty also to obey the law and to endeavor to procure, as far as I am able, the good-will and approbation of all my audience.

I shall therefore begin first with our forefathers, since both justice and decency require we should on this occasion bestow on them an honorable remembrance. In this our country they kept themselves always firmly settled, and through their valor handed it down free to every since-succeeding generation. Worthy, indeed, of praise are they, and yet more worthy are our immediate fathers, since, enlarging their own inheritance into the extensive empire which we now possess, they bequeathed that, their work of toil, to us their sons. Yet even these successes we ourselves here present, we who are yet in the strength and vigor of our days, have nobly improved, and have made such provisions for this our Athens that now it is all-sufficient in itself to answer every exigence of war and of peace. I mean not here to recite those martial exploits by which these ends were accomplished, or the resolute defenses we ourselves and our fathers have made against the formidable invasions of Barbarians and Greeks—your own knowledge of these will excuse the long detail. But by what methods we have risen to this height of glory and power, by what polity and by what conduct we are thus aggrandized, I shall first endeavor to show, and then proceed to the praise of the deceased. These, in my opinion, can be no impertinent topics on this occasion; the discussion of them must be beneficial to this numerous company of Athenians and of strangers.

We are happy in a form of government which cannot envy the laws of our neighbors—for it hath served as a model to others, but is original at Athens. And this our form, as committed not to the few, but to the whole body of the people, is called a democracy. How different soever in a private capacity, we all enjoy the same general equality our laws are fitted to preserve; and superior honors just as we excel. The public administration is not confined to a particular family, but is attainable only by merit. Poverty is not a hindrance, since whoever is able to serve his country meets with no obstacle to preferment from his first obscurity. The offices of the state we go through without obstructions from one another; and live together in the mutual endearments of private life without suspicions; not angry with a neighbor for following the bent of his own humor, nor putting on that countenance of discontent, which pains though it cannot punish—so that in private life we converse without diffidence or damage, while we dare not on any account offend against the public, through the reverence we bear to the magistrates and the laws, chiefly to those enacted for redress of the injured, and to those unwritten, a breach of which is thought a disgrace. Our laws have further provided for the mind most frequent intermissions of care by the appointment of public recreations and sacrifices throughout the year, elegantly performed with a peculiar pomp, the daily delight of which is a charm that puts melancholy to flight. The grandeur of this our Athens causeth the produce of the whole earth to be imported here, by which we reap a familiar enjoyment, not more of the delicacies of our own growth than of those of other nations.

In the affairs of war we excel those of our enemies, who adhere to methods opposite to our own. For we lay open Athens to general resort, nor ever drive any stranger from us whom either improvement or curiosity hath brought amongst us, lest any enemy should hurt us by seeing what is never concealed. We place not so great a confidence in the preparatives and artifices of war as in the native warmth of our souls impelling us to action. In point of education the youth of some peoples are inured, by a course of laborious exercise, to support toil and exercise like men, but we, notwithstanding our easy and elegant way of life, face all the dangers of war as intrepidly as they. This may be proved by facts, since the Lacedæmonians never invade our territories barely with their own, but with the united strength of all their confederates. But when we invade the dominions of our neighbors, for the most part we conquer without difficulty in an enemy's country those who fight in defense of their own habitations. The strength of our whole force no enemy yet hath ever experienced, because it is divided by our naval expeditions, or engaged in the different quarters of our service by land. But if anywhere they engage and defeat a small party of our forces, they boastingly give it out a total defeat; and if they are beat, they were certainly overpowered by our united strength. What though from a state of inactivity rather than laborious exercise, or with a natural rather than an acquired valor, we learn to encounter danger?—this good, at least, we receive from it, that we never droop under the apprehension of possible misfortunes, and when we hazard the danger, are found no less courageous than those who are continually inured to it. In these respects our whole community deserves justly to be admired, and in many we have yet to mention.

In our manner of living we show an elegance tempered with frugality, and we cultivate philosophy without enervating the mind. We display our wealth in the season of beneficence, and not in the vanity of discourse. A confession of poverty is disgrace to no man, no effort to avoid it is disgrace indeed. There is visible in the same persons an attention to their own private concerns and those of the public; and in others engaged in the labors of life there is a competent skill in the affairs of government. For we are the only people who think him that does not meddle in state affairs—not indolent, but good for nothing. And yet we pass the soundest judgments, and are quick at catching the right apprehensions of things, not thinking that words are prejudicial to actions, but rather the not being duly prepared by previous debate before we are obliged to proceed to execution. Herein consists our distinguishing excellence, that in the hour of action we show the greatest courage, and yet debate beforehand the expediency of our measures. The courage of others is the result of ignorance; deliberation makes them cowards. And those undoubtedly must be owned to have the greatest souls, who, most acutely sensible of the miseries of war and the sweets of peace, are not hence in the least deterred from facing danger.

In acts of beneficence, further, we differ from the many. We preserve friends not by receiving, but by conferring, obligations. For he who does a kindness hath the advantage over him who, by the law of gratitude, becomes a debtor to his benefactor. The person obliged is compelled to act the more insipid part, conscious that a return of kindness is merely a payment and not an obligation. And we alone are splendidly beneficent to others, not so much from interested motives as for the credit of pure liberality. I shall sum up what yet remains by only adding that our Athens in general is the school of Greece; and that every single Athenian amongst us is excellently formed, by his personal qualification, for all the various scenes of active life, acting with a most graceful demeanor and a most ready habit of despatch.

That I have not on this occasion made use of a pomp of words, but the truth of facts, that height to which by such a conduct this state hath risen, is an undeniable proof. For we are now the only people of the world who are found by experience to be greater than in report—the only people who, repelling the attacks of an invading enemy, exempt their defeat from the blush of indignation, and to their tributaries yield no discontent, as if subject to men unworthy to command. That we deserve our power, we need no evidence to manifest. We have great and signal proofs of this, which entitle us to the admiration of the present and future ages. We want no Homer to be the herald of our praise; no poet to deck off a history with the charms of verse, where the opinion of exploits must suffer by a strict relation. Every sea hath been opened by our fleets, and every land hath been penetrated by our armies, which have everywhere left behind them eternal monuments of our enmity and our friendship.

In the just defense of such a state, these victims of their own valor, scorning the ruin threatened to it, have valiantly fought and bravely died. And every one of those who survive is ready, I am persuaded, to sacrifice life in such a cause. And for this reason have I enlarged so much on national points, to give the clearest proof that in the present war we have more at stake than men whose public advantages are not so valuable, and to illustrate, by actual evidence, how great a commendation is due to them who are now my subject, and the greatest part of which they have already received. For the encomiums with which I have celebrated the state have been earned for it by the bravery of these and of men like these. And such compliments might be thought too high and exaggerated if passed on any Greeks but them alone. The fatal period to which these gallant souls are now reduced is the surest evidence of their merit—an evidence begun in their lives and completed in their deaths. For it is a debt of justice to pay superior honors to men who have devoted their lives in fighting for their country, though inferior to others in every virtue but that of valor. Their last service effaceth all former demerits—it extends to the public; their private demeanors reached only to a few. Yet not one of these was at all induced to shrink from danger, through fondness of those delights which the peaceful affluent life bestows—not one was the less lavish of his life, through that flattering hope attendant upon want, that poverty at length might be exchanged for affluence. One passion there was in their minds much stronger than these—the desire of vengeance on their enemies. Regarding this as the most honorable prize of dangers, they boldly rushed towards the mark to glut revenge and then to satisfy those secondary passions. The uncertain event they had already secured in hope; what their eyes showed plainly must be done they trusted their own valor to accomplish, thinking it more glorious to defend themselves and die in the attempt than to yield and live. From the reproach of cowardice, indeed, they fled, but presented their bodies to the shock of battle; when, insensible of fear, but triumphing in hope, in the doubtful charge they instantly dropped—and thus discharged the duty which brave men owed to their country.

As for you, who now survive them, it is your business to pray for a better fate, but to think it your duty also to preserve the same spirit and warmth of courage against your enemies; not judging of the expediency of this from a mere harangue—where any man indulging a flow of words may tell you what you yourselves know as well as he, how many advantages there are in fighting valiantly against your enemies—but, rather, making the daily-increasing grandeur of this community the object of your thoughts and growing quite enamored of it. And when it really appears great to your apprehensions, think again that this grandeur was acquired by brave and valiant men, by men who knew their duty, and in the moments of action were sensible of shame; who, whenever their attempts were unsuccessful, thought it no dishonor for their country to stand in need of anything their valor could do for it, and so made it the most glorious present. Bestowing thus their lives on the public, they have every one received a praise that will never decay, a sepulchre that will always be most illustrious—not that in which their bones lie moldering, but that in which their fame is preserved, to be on every occasion, when honor is the employ of either word or act, eternally remembered. For the whole earth is the sepulchre of illustrious men; nor is it the inscription on the columns in their native land alone that shows their merit, but the memorial of them, better than all inscriptions, in every foreign nation, reposited more durably in universal remembrance than on their own tombs. From this very moment, emulating these noble patterns, placing your happiness in liberty, and liberty in valor, be prepared to encounter all the dangers of war. For to be lavish of life is not so noble in those whom misfortunes have reduced to misery and despair, as in men who hazard the loss of a comfortable subsistence and the enjoyment of all the blessings this world affords by an unsuccessful enterprise. Adversity, after a series of ease and affluence, sinks deeper into the heart of a man of spirit than the stroke of death insensibly received in the vigor of life and public hope.

For this reason, the parents of those who are now gone, whoever of them may be attending here, I do not bewail—I shall rather comfort. It is well known to what unhappy accidents they were liable from the moment of their birth, and that happiness belongs to men who have reached the most glorious period of life, as these now have who are to you the source of sorrow—these whose life hath received its ample measure, happy in its continuance and equally happy in its conclusion. I know it in truth a difficult task to fix comfort in those breasts which will have frequent remembrances, in seeing the happiness of others, of what they once themselves enjoyed. And sorrow flows not from the absence of those good things we have never yet experienced, but from the loss of those to which we have been accustomed. They who are not yet by age past child-bearing should be comforted in the hope of having more. The children yet to be born will be a private benefit to some in causing them to forget such as no longer are, and will be a double benefit to their country in preventing its desolation and providing for its security. For those persons cannot in common justice be regarded as members of equal value to the public who have no children to expose to danger for its safety. But you, whose age is already far advanced, compute the greater share of happiness your longer time hath afforded for so much gain, persuaded in yourselves the remainder will be but short, and enlighten that space by the glory gained by these. It is greatness of soul alone that never grows old, nor is it wealth that delights in the latter stage of life, as some give out, so much as honor.


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Table of Contents

PART I
GREAT SPEECHES OF EARLIER TIMES
I. Greece and Rome
   PERICLES
     Funeral Oration
   SOCRATES
     On His Condemnation to Death
   ISOCRATES
     On the Union of Greece to Resist Persia
   DEMOSTHENES
     On the Crown
     The Second Oration Against Philip
   "CATO, THE ELDER"
     In Support fo the Oppian Law
   HANNIBAL
     To His Soldiers
   CICERO
     First Oration Against Catiline
     The Fourth Philippic
   CATILINE
     To the Conspirators
     To His Troops
   JULIUS CAESAR
     On the Treatment of the Conspirators
   "CATO, THE YOUNGER"
     The Catilinarian Conspirators
   MARK ANTONY
     Oration on the Dead Body of Julius Caesar
II. The European Continent
   ST. BERNARD
     A Second Crusade
   ST. FRANCIS
     Sermon to the Birds
   MARTIN LUTHER
     Before the Diet of Worms
   JOHN CALVIN
     On Suffering Persecution
   FREDERICK THE GREAT
     Before Invading Silesia
     Before the Battle of Leuthen
   DESMOULINS
     Advocating the Execution of Louis XVI
   MIRABEAU
     Against the Charge of Treason
   DANTON
     "To Dare Again, Ever to Dare!"
     "Let France Be Free!"
   MARAT
     Defense Against the Charges
   ROBESPIERRE
     The Festival of the Supreme Being
   NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
     At the Beginning of the Italian Campaign
     On Entering Milan
     On Beginning the Russian Campaign
     Farewell to the Old Guard
   CARNOT
     Against Imperialism
   VICTOR HUGO
     Voltaire
   GIUSEPPE MAZZINI
     To the Young Men of Italy
   GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI
     To His Soldiers
   CAVOUR
     Rome and Italy
   LOUIS KOSSUTH
     America's Welcome
   LEON GAMBETTA
     To the Delegate from Alsace
   EMILE ZOLA
     Appeal for Dreyfus
   LEO XIII
     Christian Democracy
   OTTO VON BISMARCK
     War and Armaments in Europe
   BETHMANN-HOLLWEG
     Germany and the War
   KAISER WILHELM II
     Address to the German People
   JEAN JAURÈS
     Last Speech
   RENÉ VIVIANI
     The Spirit of France
   CARDINAL MERCIER
     Coronation Day Sermon
   GEORGES CLEMENCEAU
     One Aim: Victory
   ALEXANDER KERENSKY
     To Workingmen and Soldiers
   LEON TROTZKY
     To the Red Army
   NIKOLAI LENIN
     The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
   MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH
     Napoleon
   ARISTIDE BRIAND
     Naval Disarmament
III. Great Britain and Ireland
   OLIVER CROMWELL
     On the Dissolution of Parliament
   SIR ROBERT WALPOLE
     On a Motion for His Removal
   JOHN WESLEY
     God's Love to Fallen Man
   "WILLIAM PITT, EARL OF CHATHAM"
     On the Right of Taxing America
   EDMUND BURKE
     Conciliation with America
     Indictment of Warren Hastings
   RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
     At the Trial of Warren Hastings
   WILLIAM PITT
     On His Refusal to Negotiate with Bonaparte
   CHARLES JAMES FOX
     On Refusal to Negotiate with Bonaparte
   GEORGE CANNING
     The Fall of Napoleon
   THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
     On the Reform Bill
   RICHARD COBDEN
     The Effects of Protection on Agriculture
   JOHN BRIGHT
     "The "Trent" Affair"
   BENJAMIN DISRAELI
     Peace with Honor
   WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE
     On Domestic and Foreign Affairs
   CARDINAL MANNING
     Anti-Semitism
   JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN
     The British Empire
   EMMELINE PANKHURST
     Militant Suffragists
   SIR EDWARD GREY
     England's Position
   DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
     An Appeal to the Nation
   ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR
     The Fourth of July
   JAMES RAMSAY MACDONALD
     Peace
   LADY ASTOR
     Women in Politics
   GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
     On His Seventieth Birthday
   DANIEL O'CONNELL
     Justice for Ireland
   ROBERT EMMET
     Protest Against Sentence as Traitor
   CHARLES STEWART PARNELL
     The Home Rule Bill
   ARTHUR GRIFFITH
     The Irish Free State
IV. The United States
   JONATHAN EDWARDS
  Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
   JOHN HANCOCK
     The Boston Massacre
   PATRICK HENRY
     "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!"
   SAMUEL ADAMS
     American Independence
   BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
     On the Faults of the Constitution
   JAMES MADISON
     The States and the Federal Government
   JOHN MARSHALL
     Justice and the Federal Constitution
   ALEXANDER HAMILTON
     The Federal Constitution
   GEORGE WASHINGTON
     Inaugural Address
     Farewell Address
   THOMAS JEFFERSON
     First Inaugural Address
   GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
     Alexander Hamilton
   AMERICAN INDIANS
     Red Jacket
     Tecumseh
   EDWARD EVERETT
   &
VII. Domestic Affairs in the United States
   WILLIAM GREEN
     Modern Trade Unionism
   ALFRED E. SMITH
     Religious Prejudice and Politics
   FIORELLO H. LAGUARDIA
     American Labor
   CLARENCE S. DARROW
     A Plea for Mercy
   JOHN L. LEWIS
     The Rights of Labor
   WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE
     Speaking for the Consumer
   THOMAS E. DEWEY
     Rendezvous with Despair
   HERBERT HOOVER
     The Bill of Rights
   CHARLES EVANS HUGHES
     Our Government
VIII. World Affairs and the Second World War
   ANTHONY EDEN
     A Firm Policy
   NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
     The Munich Agreement
   WINSTON CHURCHILL
     "Blood Sweat and Tears"
     Dunkirk
     "Their Finest Hour"
     The War on Russia
     Address before the United States Congress
   CLEMENT R. ATTLEE
     The Atlantic Charter
   W. L. MACKENZIE KING
     Canada and the War
   EDOUARD DALADIER
     Nazis' Aim Is Slavery
   PAUL REYNAUD
     France Will Live Again!
   HENRI PHILIPE PÉTAIN
     "I Need Your Confidence!"
   EAMON DE VALERA
     Ireland Among the Nations
   MAXIM LITVINOV
     The League of Nations
   HAILE SELASSIE
     The Position of Ethiopia
   FREDERICO LAREDO BRU
     United Hemisphere Defense
   ADOLF HITLER
     Germany's Claims
     No More Territorial Demands
     German Conquests
   BENITO MUSSOLINI
     A Call to Arms
     Anniversary of Italy's Entry in the War
   VYACHESLAV M. MOLOTOV
     The Nazi War on Russia
   JOSEPH STALIN
     "Defend Every Inch of Soviet Soil!"
   FUMIMARO KONOYE
     The Triple Alliance
   CHIANG KAI-SHEK
     War Between Justice and Force
   PRUS XII
     Appeal for Peace
IX. The United States and the Second World War
   FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
     First Inaugual Address
     Hemisphere Defense for Democracy
     "The Arsenal of Democracy"
     Freedom of the Seas
     For a Declaration of War Against Japan
     American's Answer to Japan's Challenge
     First War Address Before Congress
   WENDALL L. WILLKIE
     "Loyal Opposition"
     American Liberty
   CORDELL HULL
     The Pillars of Enduring Peace
   JAMES BRYANT CONANT
     What are We Arming to Defend?
   CHARLES A. LINDBERGH
     An Independent Policy
   HENRY L. STIMSON
     A Grave Situation
   HAROLD L. ICKES
     What Constitutes an American
   FRANK KNOX
     We Must Fight for Our Liberties
   FULTON J. SHEEN
     The Cross and the Double Cross
   DOROTHY THOMPSON
     Hitler's Plans for Canada and the United States
   HENRY A. WALLACE
     America's Second Chance
   NORMAN THOMAS
     America and the War
PART III
GREAT SPEECHES OF THE MODERN PERIOD
X. United States Government
   BERNARD MANNES BARUCH
     Control of Atomic Weapons
   HARRY S. TRUMAN
     Inaugural Address
     Powers of the President
   DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
     Old Soldiers Never Die
   ADLAI EWING STEVENSON
     Acceptance of Nomination
     United States Far Eastern Policy
   DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER
     Inaugural Address
     Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy
     The Spirit of Geneva
   EARL WARREN
     A Home for American Jurisprudence
XI. International Affairs and the United Nations
   WINSTON CHURCHILL
     An Iron Curtain Has Descended
   JAWAHARLAL NEHRU
     Asia Finds Herself Again
     A Glory Has Departed
   OSWALDO ARANHA
     A New Order Through the United States
   PIERRE MENDÈS-FRANCE
     The Search for International Cooperation
   DAG HAMMARSKJOLD
     Values of Nationalism and Internationalism
   NICKOLAI ALEKSANDROVICH BULGANIN
     The Lessening of International Tension
   FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
     On Architecture
   ALBERT EINSTEIN
     Peace in the Atomic Age
   WILLIAM FAULKNER
     Acceptance of the Nobel Prize
   DYLAN THOMAS
     A Visit to America
   ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
     The United Nations as a Bridge
   J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER
     Prospect in the Arts and Sciences
   WALTER PHILIP REUTHER
     A Historical Agreement
   ADLAI EWING STEVENSON
     To the Graduating Class at Smith College
PART IV
INFORMAL SPEECHES
XII. Informal Speeches
   RALPH WALDO EMERSON
     The Memory of Burns
   CHARLES DICKENS
     English Friendship for America
   JULIA WARD HOWE
     A Tribute to Oliver Wendell Holmes
   JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
     After-Dinner Oratory
   OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
     Dorothy Q
   HENRY MORTON STANLEY
     Through the Dark Continent
   HENRY WARD BEECHER
     Merchants and Ministers
   CHAUNCEY MITCHELL DEPEW
     Woman
   JOSEPH HODGES CHOATE
     The Bench and the Bar
   GEORGE GRAHAM VEST
     A Tribute to the Dog
   HORACE PORTER
     Woman!
   THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY
     Science and Art
   CARL SCHURZ
     The Old World and the
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