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list of speeches has been chosen by Kevin Ryan to
represent what he considers are some of the the best
speeches from the last one hundred and fifty years or so. It is
continually updated to remain as topical as
possible. The speeches - some of them quite long -
are presented in full to allow you to appreciate the
sections of a speech may have become famous through
extensive quoting and these well known phrases are
shown in red.
These speeches provide excellent examples for
assisting your own speech writing as well as an
endless array of well known - and not so well known
Lincoln - Gettysberg Address 19 November 1863
B Anthony - Women's Right of to
Long (Louisiana Senator and Governor) -
Washington, D.C., 11 December 1934.
Churchill - First Speech as Prime Minister
("I have nothing to offer but blood,
toil, tears and sweat") British House of
Commons, 13 May 1940
Churchill - "We Shall Fight on the
House of Commons 4
Churchill - "Never give in, never, never,
never" Harrow School, 29 October 1941.
Chifley - ("The Light on the Hill")
NSW Labor Party Conference 12 June 1949
F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address
("Ask not what your country can do for
Washington, D.C., 20 January 1961.
- Rev. Martin Luther King,
Jr. - "I
Have a Dream" Washington, D.C.,
August 28, 1963.
F. Kennedy - tells of Martin Luther
King, Jr.'s slaying, Indianapolis, 4
Lavenson - Famous speech about the hospitality
industry: 'Think Strawberries' 1975
Reagan - after the Space Shuttle Challenger
Explosion, Washington, D.C., 28 January, 1986.
Fisher - "The Whisper of AIDS,"
Republican National Convention Address,
Houston, 19 August, 1992.
Rodham Clinton - at the fourth UN World
Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 5
Keating - Funeral
Service of the Unknown Australian
Soldier, Canberra, 11 November 1993
Mandela - Inaugural Speech, Republic of South
Africa Buildings, Pretoria, 10 May 1994
Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Speaks about Male Domination of Women,
Beijing, 4 September 1995
Earl Spencer -
Eulogy for Princess Diana, London, 6 September
W Bush - after the World Trade Centre attack,
11 September 2001
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Cary -
Eulogy for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,
9 April 2002
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