- Moses ‘Thou shall not have other gods before me.’ The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20, 1–17
- Jesus of Nazareth ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5–7
- King Charles I ‘I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown.’ Speech on the scaffold, 30 January 1649
- George Washington ‘A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.’ Farewell address, 7 September 1796
- Abraham Lincoln ‘Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation…’ The Gettysburg Address, 19 November 1863
- Winston Churchill ‘This was their finest hour.’ House of Commons, London, 18 June 1940
- Franklin D. Roosevelt ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ Inaugural address, 4 March 1933
- Nelson Mandela ‘I am the First Accused.’ 20 April 1964
- John F. Kennedy ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’ Inaugural address, 20 January 1961
- Martin Luther King Jr ‘I have a dream.’ Lincoln Memorial, Washington, 28 August 1963
- Ronald Reagan ‘Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 12 June 1987
- George W. Bush ‘A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.’ Address to the nation, 11 September 2001
These are just some examples of uplifting hymns to democratic freedom that encapsulate the principles of decency and liberty that we cherish, good words that enlightened the world. But we can also read some of the most despicable speeches that darkened the world. It is the real speeches by the monsters of history that are the real lessons.
Many of these speeches contain eternal truths. We should know ALL these speeches!