Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Peace.

Peace is the recurring theme in this month’s selection of quotes and speeches.

Peace for places as diverse as Aleppo, Columbia, Germany, Pearl Harbor.

Peace as the most precious lesson past and current leaders urge us to embrace.

And peace as my best wish to you, readers of this newsletter, as we start a new year. To you, from Australia to Arizona, who read these lines : peace.

 

I also recommend two webpages:

- The outgoing White House administration reminds us that ‘behind (President Obama’s) words is a group of speechwriters who have worked closely with the President to craft important messages to the American people. It’s meant countless drafts and rewrites, late nights, and last-minute edits from the motorcade. As his time in office comes to a close, the President’s speechwriterspast and presenttook a look back at eight years of remarks to share some of the words, speeches, and memories that stand out to them.

Take a look at a few of the President’s top speeches as chosen by his speechwriters’.

- Nancy Duarte, whose books we strongly recommend in our Bibliography, has designed, together with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an insightful test to help speakers with fear of public speaking, available on the Harvard Business Review website. Answering some 24 questions provides guidance on one’s strengths and where to focus to improve and ultimately feel … at peace when taking the floor.

You’ll find the full latest selection of quotes and speeches on http://www.logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

 

Allow me to tell you, from my own experience, that it is much harder to make peace than to wage war.

Read the full speech here: Nobel Lecture by Juan Manuel Santos, Peace in Columbia: from the impossible to the possible, 10 December 2016.

Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

Read the full speech here: Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, 10 December 1964

I hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war; that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution.

Read the full speech here: Barack Obama, Remarks at Pearl Harbor, 28 December 2016


Fear is driving the decisions of many people around the world. We must understand their anxieties and meet their needs, without losing sight of our universal values. It is time to reconstruct relations between people and leaders — national and international; time for leaders to listen and show that they care.

Read the full speech here: United Nations Secretary General designate António Guterres, Remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office, 12 December 2016

 

As nations, and as people, we cannot choose the history that we inherit.  But we can choose what lessons to draw from it, and use those lessons to chart our own futures. Prime Minister Abe, I welcome you here in the spirit of friendship, as the people of Japan have always welcomed me.  I hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war; that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution.

Read the full speech here: Barack Obama, Remarks at Pearl Harbor, 28 December 2016

 

Nadia (co-laureate of the Sakharov Prize), you said: the world must know. Yes the world must know. And allow me to add: The world must act.

Read the full speech here: European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Sakharov Prize 2016 Award Ceremony, 13 December 2016

 

The last thing your people in Aleppo need today is more words of sympathy. The only thing you need today is real and effective protection and assistance.

Read the full speech here: European Council President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Brita Hagi Hasan, President of the local Council of Eastern Aleppo, 15 December 2016

 

A flame of hope had been lit (…) and now that flame appeared to be suddenly snuffed out. Many of us in Colombia recalled a passage from One Hundred Years of Solitude, the great masterpiece of our Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which seemed to illustrate the moment we were living:

"It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alteration between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay."

Read the full speech here: Nobel Lecture by Juan Manuel Santos, Peace in Columbia: from the impossible to the possible, 10 December 2016.

 

We feel fear, but we are not consumed by it.

We feel powerlessness, but we are not consumed by it.

We feel rage, but we are not consumed by it.

Read the full speech here: German Bundespraesident, Joachim Gauck, Christmas message, 25 December 2016 

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