Famous Short Speeches Anything
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Famous Short Speeches

As these famous short speeches prove, it's not always about the quantity of words spoken that make a difference, it's more about the quality of the words chosen to make an impact and go down in history. What are some of the best famous short speeches? From the notable Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln to words of wisdom and inspiration shared by Winston Churchill to young children, these short speeches by men and women will be remembered for generations to come.

Many of these famous speeches are remembered for the impact they made on the world, be it reacting to a historical or political situation, like Roosevelt's speech after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; saying farewell to a career, like the notable sports speech Loui Gherig gave to say goodbye to baseball; or discussing the end of an era, like Napoleon Bonapart's Farewell to the Old Guard Speech. Some of the shortest speeches ever given were also the most memorable.

What are the most famous short speeches? Are you looking for a few-minute-long easy speech to memorize and recite? Whatever the reason for the speech, these words of wisdom remain notable decades after the fact and will continue to be notable for decades to come.

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    John F. Kennedy's Ich Ben Ein Berliner Speech

    Considered one of the best from President John F. Kennedy, the Ich bin ein Berliner speech was given on June 26, 1963, in West Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War. Though the Soviet Union, which he denounced in the speech, didn't fall for another 30 years, Kennedy's words remain a uniting force to this day.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech

    Empowering a generation and beyond, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963.

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    Douglas MacArthur's Duty, Honor, Country

    On May 12, 1962, General Douglas MacArthur delivered an acceptance speech for the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the United States Military Academy at West Point that mirrored the values and motto of the Academy, "Duty, Honor, Country".

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    William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

    On December 10, 1950, William Faulkner delivered his speech accepting the award for the Nobel Prize in Literature at the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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    Richard Nixon's Resignation Speech

    On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first person to ever resign the office of the President of the United States when he gave this speech from the White House in Washington, DC.

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    King George VI's Address to Britain

    Popularized by the 2010 film The King's Speech, King George VI's speech on September 3, 1939 addressed the involvement of Britain in WWII.

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