What if Twitter had existed for over two centuries? Mankind might not have experienced the beautiful prose, witty quips and moving rhetoric produced by some of the world’s foremost speech writers. Here are some examples of the most famous English speeches of the past two hundred years as they would have been written on Twitter.
“Less is more.” – Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto
“The Gettysburg Address”
19th of November 1863; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
This nation is conceived in liberty. All men are created equal. Government of/by/for the people shall not perish from the earth. #Gettysburg
“We Shall Fight on the Beaches”
4th of June 1940; House of Commons, London, Great Britain
We shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be! We shall fight on the beaches, landing grounds, fields, streets, hills. #neversurrender
John F. Kennedy
“Ich Bin Ein Berliner”
26th of June, 1963; Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Freedom is indivisible. When one man is enslaved, all are not free. Free men, wherever they live, are citizens of Berlin. #IchbineinBerliner
Martin Luther King Jr.
“I Have a Dream”
28th of August 1963; Washington, D.C., United States
I have a dream that black&white boys&girls join hands as sisters and brothers. My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty. #freedom_ring
“Yes We Can”
4th of November 2008; Grant Park, Illinois, United States
Hope of a better day. Change has come to America. We’ve never been a collection of red&blue states. We are&always will be the USA. #YesWeCan
Niles: What happened to the concept of “less is more”?
Frasier: Ah, but if “less is more,” just think of how much more “more” will be.
– Frasier (1999) Season 7, Ep. 13; “They’re Playing Our Song” [No. 157]
Perhaps the new hallmark of a truly great message is that even boiled down to 140 spare characters, it can and does still inspire. Fantastic work as always.