Have you ever noticed that most of history’s greatest speeches are, shall we say, rather longish? It would be nice if we could find a Reader’s Digest condensed version of them, something that summed up the message in just a few words. Well, then why not 140 characters, we say. Here are 10 famous speeches and how they’d look on Twitter:
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech:
@MartinJR I have a #dream that one sweet day we can all like, follow and RT one another regardless of #race, #creed or #religion.
2. Not a speech, per se, but a declaration – of independence:
@FoundingFathers76 RT @KGeorgeIII – We are so over your controlling ways, and have decided to go it alone. In short, we the undersigned declare: You’re fired.
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor:
@FDR RT @Japan Well, we tried to work things out with you like adults, but no. You had to go and attack us when we weren’t looking. It’s on now.
4. Abraham Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address:
@HonestAbe Just 87 years ago we founded this country upon our belief in freedom. Yet here we are killing each other over slavery. WTF?
5. Gen. Douglas MacArthur gives his farewell speech to Congress:
@TheGeneral Before I fade into retirement, I just want to take the time to say with regard to the mess you’ve made in Asia, “I told you so.”
6. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech:
@MartinJR RT @mankind I know it doesn’t look good from here, but keep the faith. I promise you that someday you will see as I have seen.
7. Jesus gives his Sermon on the Mount:
@JChrist @mankind You’ve gotten it all wrong. It’s not about laws and works and power. It’s about faith, humility and love. Recognize.
8. John F. Kennedy gives his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech:
@JFK RT @Commies You guys think you’re hot stuff with your fancy wall and your big tanks; but we’re here to tell you, you suck.
9. President Bill Clinton’s “I Have Sinned” Speech:
@BillPrez OK, America, you caught me. What can I say? Sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar, and this was one of those times. My bad.
10. Alexander the Great, to his troops, to inspire them to continue fighting into India:
@BigAl Who’s got a map? Look here, we own like half the planet right now, dudes. And that’s because we don’t back down. Who’s still with me?