Our thoughts have the power to be revolutionary, the only thing we need to do is string them into words that can inspire. History is full of speeches like these, these are words that changed the world and have left an imprint on it since, becoming immortal. These are words that awakened people, changed their thinking, made them want to fight for their rights, made people come together for a common cause. These are words that have helped shape the world as we know it.
If you haven’t guessed already, today we talk about the most famous speeches of history that helped change the world:
Women’s Right to Vote, 1873
In the year 1872, an American woman was fined for voting in the elections and thus began her struggle, her campaign for woman suffrage. This woman was Susan B. Anthony and her vigorous campaigning where she embarked on a speaking tour lead to the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. This 1873 speech is such speech in defense of women suffrage.
Interestingly, she never did pay the fine! Attagirl!
“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people — women as well as men.”
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, 1940
This speech was the first made by Winston Churchill after becoming Britain’s Prime Minister to the House of Commons. In this riveting speech, Churchill offers his ‘blood, toil, tears and sweat’ in the fights against the Nazi’s. It is onw of history’s best battle cry that urged the country to keep fighting towards victory.
‘You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”
I Have a Dream, 1963
Martin luther King’s memorable and influential speech is often quoted today. In the speech we called out to all Americans and challenged them to live up to their democratic ideals. He outlined his vision of an America free of injustice and discrimination, an America that lived in racial harmony.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
A Tryst With Destiny, 1947
This speech was made by Jawaharlal Nehru, post India’s independence from the British after a long struggle. In the speech the first Prime Minister of India defines what freedom mean to his country and country men.
“A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”
The Gettysburg Address, 1863
President Lincon made this famous speech amidst the American Civil War. In the speech the President urged the people of America to remember the ideals that their founding fathers stood for ‘Four Score and seven years ago’. The speech not once mentions slavery instead emphasizing on healing and honoring the principals of liberty, equality.
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”