Can You Identify These Famous Speeches From a Single Quote?

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Do you remember who brought people of all races together with a speech about his big dream, or which politician addressed a somber nation after the attack on Pearl Harbor? Remember who demanded that the Berlin Wall come down, declared he was prepared to die for equality or rallied the troops regarding blood, sweat and tears? See how many famous speeches you can identify with this quiz!

There's a reason speeches are used to mark big occasions, from simple ceremonies like weddings or graduations to major events like political debates, declarations of war or global tragedies. It's because you just can't understate the effect that a great orator speaking just the right words can have on morale, motivation, trust and confidence. Many have argued that JFK beat Richard Nixon into the White House thanks to his oratory prowess, or that iconic presidential speeches helped the nation recover faster after the horrors of Pearl Harbor, September 11th or the Challenger disaster.

While great speeches are often remembered for only a single, powerful quote, they are much more than one profound line. They represent not only the work of the writer but also his or her oratory talent, as well as the setting and scene in which the speech took place.  Take our quizzes to see how many of these famous addresses you can identify using only a single quote!

"One day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

"Four score 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."

"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

"Ours is not a drive for power, but purely a non-violent fight for India’s independence."

"The audacity of hope! That is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead."

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'"

"The foundation stone of national life is, and ever must be, the high individual character of the average citizen."

"In looking forward to the moment which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude which I owe to my beloved country."

"Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

"For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

"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."

"And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."

"You profess to believe, that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,' and hath commanded all men everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate ... all men whose skins are not colored like your own.

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. "

"I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?"

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."

"Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as we sought the way and the light and the truth."

"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked."

"To appreciate the importance of fitting every human soul for independent action, think for a moment of the immeasurable solitude of self."

"Only this power, only the Soviets of Soldiers’ and Peasants’ Deputies, can solve the great question of the land in a non-bureaucratic way and not in the interests of the land owners."

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. "

"We shall shortly have a famous victory over these enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people."

"And do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard... because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."

"What we demand in this war, therefore, is nothing peculiar to ourselves. It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in."

"And now, O men who have condemned me, I would fain prophesy to you; for I am about to die, and that is the hour in which men are gifted with prophetic power."

"The future welfare of our nation depends upon the way in which we can combine in our men -- in our young men --- decency and strength."

"The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact."

"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!'"

"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent."

"So here I stand.... one girl among many.I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard."

"It was a little cocker spaniel dog...black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia ... named it Checkers ... and I just want to say this ... we are going to keep it."

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