List of speeches

Patrick Henry's Give me Liberty, or give me Death! speech at Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.

This list of speeches includes those that have gained notability in English or in English translation. The earliest listings may be approximate dates.

Before the 1st century[edit]

  • c.570 BC : Gautama Buddha gives his first sermon at Sarnath
  • 431 BC: Funeral Oration by the Greek statesman Pericles, significant because it departed from the typical formula of Athenian funeral speeches and was a glorification of Athens' achievements, designed to stir the spirits of a nation at war.
  • 399 BC: The Apology of Socrates, Plato's version of the speech given by the philosopher Socrates, defending himself against charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, refused to worship the gods, and created new deities."
  • 330 BC: On the Crown by the Greek orator Demosthenes, which illustrated the last great phase of political life in Athens.
  • 63 BC: Catiline Orations, given by Marcus Tullius Cicero, the consul of Rome, exposing to the Roman Senate the plot of Lucius Sergius Catilina and his friends to overthrow the Roman government.
The first sermon delivered by Gautama Buddha in Saranath as depicted at Wat Chedi Liam, Thailand
  • 44 BC: The Funeral Oration of Roman Dictator, Julius Caesar, delivered by Mark Antony after his assassination; rephrased by William Shakespeare.[1]

Pre-19th century[edit]

Nineteenth century[edit]

Otto von Bismarck in the North German Parliament

Twentieth century[edit]

Pre-World War I and World War I[edit]

Inter-war years and World War II[edit]

1945–1991 Cold War years[edit]

1992–2000 Post Cold War years[edit]

Twenty-first century[edit]


  1. ^ "Appian on Caesar's Funeral - Livius".
  2. ^ "Red Jacket Defends Native American Religion, 1805". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  3. ^ "Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association". American Rhetoric. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  4. ^ Audio of speech.

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