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Famous Speeches from History

Name the speakers of these famous speeches from history.
Clues are either the name of the speech, or a line from it
One speech is from Shakespeare, not the historical record
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedNovember 21, 2012
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Speech
Speaker
I have a dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I can promise you nothing but blood, toil, tears, and sweat
Winston Churchill
Gettysburg address
Abraham Lincoln
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Ronald Reagan
Sermon on the Mount
Jesus
Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth
Lou Gehrig
A date which will live in infamy
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ask not what your country can do for you
John F. Kennedy
Hear me, my Chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun
now stands I will fight no more forever.
Chief Joseph
Give me liberty or give me death
Patrick Henry
Checkers
Richard Nixon
Military-industrial complex
Dwight Eisenhower
Segregation forever
George Wallace
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears
Mark Antony
I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman;
but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too
Queen Elizabeth
I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill,
the fewer of our men will be killed.
George Patton
So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy,
Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah
Osama bin Laden
Quit India
Mohandas Gandhi
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people...
it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die
Nelson Mandela
Just as a thousand years ago the Huns under their King Attila made a name for
themselves ... may the name German be affirmed by you in such a way in China that
no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Apology / The unexamined life is not worth living
Socrates
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level 56
Nov 20, 2012
Sir Winston Churchill promised "blood, toil, TEARS and sweat".
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level ∞
Nov 21, 2012
Fixed
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level 32
Nov 20, 2012
Only got 5 and 2 of them from luck (I thought Henry IV. and William Wallace would be in there, but here are George Wallace and Patrick Henry of whom I've never even heard) :'(
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level 76
May 26, 2014
George Wallace was a governor of Alabama who opposed racial integration and equal rights. He was shot and seriously injured while running for president in 1968. Patrick Henry was an American patriot during the Revolutionary War who uttered the words, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
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level 84
Nov 20, 2012
Wow, 18/21. I only got the "fight no more forever" one because I'd recently perused the IMDB trivia page for "Moonrise Kingdom". It's a line they borrowed in the movie (which, by the way, was an EXCELLENT film).
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level 80
Nov 20, 2012
It's segregation, not segregaton.
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level 44
Jan 29, 2013
It's hard to guess a famous speech when the clue is often just a few words, and in several instances only one word.
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level 38
Jul 4, 2019
^ Perhaps. But, in retrospect, who else would have said "Quit India" but Gandhi?
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level 54
Jun 1, 2013
Wow. Instead of Chief Joseph, at first I put down "Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain", what his name in Nez Perce means.
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level 84
Jan 21, 2015
Last clue should read "...The unexamined LIFE is not worth living."
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level ∞
Jan 21, 2015
Fixed
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level 46
Feb 27, 2015
Should be changed to 'famous US speeches from history' (with a few token British and international ones thrown in.)
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level 76
Oct 27, 2015
Perhaps the Americans just talk too much.
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level 26
Apr 4, 2015
It's almost disappointing that more people know of Nixon's Checkers speech than of Socrates...
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level 67
Feb 6, 2017
To cheer you up I can tell you I've never heard of Nixon's 'Checkers' speech but knew Socrates.
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level 72
Apr 20, 2015
Queen Elizabeth the First! I'm pretty sure QE2 didn't use this one.
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level 74
Mar 27, 2017
QE didn't use "the First" either
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level 56
Apr 20, 2015
i get kaiser wilhelm, but not mandela. wtf?
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level 59
Apr 20, 2015
Thank you Forrest Gump for the Governor George Wallace answer (Which I forgot!) D'OH! Bill and Ted did nothing except screw up my pronunciation of So-crates.
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level 77
Apr 20, 2015
Winston Churchill: "I wish I knew how to quit you."
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level 69
Apr 21, 2015
6 out of 21 are quotes of USA presidents. Perhaps too unbalanced, since there are many famous orators all around the world, and in many other professions and disciplines.
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level 49
May 23, 2017
Yeah, usually I just let those 'Americentric' whines just roll off, but this one seemed way unbalanced.
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level 47
Oct 19, 2015
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" - Shakespeare should at least be an acceptable answer, considering it is the only fictional quote of the quiz.
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level 38
Mar 9, 2017
Who said that it's fictional? Did not Julius Caeser and Marc Antony exist?
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level 79
May 23, 2018
Shakespeare's not the speaker, though; he's the writer. The speech is delivered by Antony.
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level 68
Sep 29, 2018
Yes, and Mark Anthony, if he ever really said it, would have said it in Latin.
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level 70
May 9, 2019
The Sermon on the Mount and the Apology are also literary constructions, too.
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level 34
Sep 3, 2016
For Reagan it should really have been the "Evil Empire" speech and Kennedy "Ich bin ein Berliner" Much more famous.
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level 78
Aug 1, 2018
I have to disagree with you. I was around for all four of the speeches mentioned and since then I have seen and heard sound bites of the ones in the quiz many more times than the ones you chose.
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level 53
Aug 27, 2018
got them all by naming random people that would fit each clue. I wasn't sure on half of these.
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level 38
Jan 24, 2019
"Ask not what your country..." is a much more famous quote. It was part of his inauguration speech and many people tuned in, curious to know whether he would mention the Pope in his address (at least, that's what I've been told). By the time of his "Ich bin ein Berliner", speech, many had not tuned in and only read about it in the newspapers in the following days. Contrary to the hype, JFK was not really that popular during his lifetime (Bobby, yes, but not JFK). He (JFK) only became an icon when he was assassinated; that so shocked the people that they sought do deify him. That's when, with the help of his widow, the whole "Camelot" myth was born.
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level 60
Nov 22, 2019
Where does a quote from Socrates and Plato get separated? Socrates has no known written work so how can we positively say he said this? Plato should also be accepted as answer.