Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What Was the Greatest Speech Ever Given?

The Atlantic magazine asks that question to a number of well known, knowledgeable people and gives us their answers. You can find the article here.

I’m not sure what my what my answer would be. But let me recommend an often-overlooked gem. It comes from the WWII movie Mrs. Miniver starring Greer Garson. (You can find the entire movie online at various sites.) Toward the end of the movie, the vicar (Henry Wilcoxon) stands at the pulpit in his bombed out church and gives an inspiring sermon to his war weary British
congregation. You can access it here (about four minutes).

For a different war-rallying speech, it’s hard to top the St. Crispin’s Day speech
in Shakespeare’s Henry V.



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I nominate Kingsfield's skull-full-of-mush speach to Harvard Law's Contracts class in The Paper Chase.

Posted by: otto stockmeyer | Oct 28, 2013 10:08:57 AM

Pericles made a great speech about how wonderful Athens was. But Athens is not doing so well right now. Them's the breaks.

Posted by: john rooney | Oct 3, 2013 5:09:27 AM

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