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Famous Words

Quotes and Speeches by Famous People

What famous people, or infamous people, have said often become famous words. Famous words may also be anonymous words spoken on momentous occasions. The most famous words are those words spoken by famous people at turning points in history.

Famous Words by Famous People ...

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States) first inaugural speech 1933


This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong (first human to step on the moon)


I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
- Nathan Hale (American revolutionary patriot)

I have not yet begun to fight!
- John Paul Jones (American Revolutionary War naval Captain)

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
- Patrick Henry (American revolutionary patriot)

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.
- Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States)

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (American clergyman and leader in the African-American civil rights movement)


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (leader of nonviolent mass civil disobedience which led to Indian independence from Great Britain)

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)


This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.
- John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States) 1961 speech

December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy...
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)


I pledge you, I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)

Be Prepared.
- Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Scouting)

Speak softly and carry a big stick.
- Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the United States)

All glory is fleeting.
- General George S. Patton, Jr

The Interstate [Highway] System must be given top priority in construction planning.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President of the United States) February 22, 1955

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.
- Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist who played a decisive role in ending the specter of McCarthyism - the greatest internal threat ever to the freedom of the American people)

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