Pericles' Funeral Oration
Ronald Reagan's Presidential Inaugural Address (1981)
Ronald Reagan's Challenger Speech (1986)
Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall Speech (1987)
It was for the sake of others that I first commenced writing biographies; but I find myself proceeding and attaching myself to it for my own; the virtues of these great men serving me as a sort of looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life. --Plutarch, Life of Timoleon.Ronald Reagan (American, A.D. 1911-2004)
Speechmaking has played a major role in my life Some of my critics over the years have said that I became president because I was an actor who knew how to give a good speech. I suppose that's not too far wrong. Because an actor knows two important things--to be honest in what he's doing and to be in touch with the audience. That's not bad advice for a politician either. My actor's instinct simply told me to speak the truth as I saw it and felt it.
The speeches I gave in 1976 when I ran against President Ford for the Republican nomination and the speeches I gave in the 1980 race against President Carter were simply refinements on the basic idea's I'd been talking about sixteen years earlier in the Goldwater speech.