#2: “WE SHALL FIGHT ON THE BEACHES…”
Probably the closest thing in living and media-recorded memory to Shakespeare’s immortal St. Crispin’s Day Speech, the rallying cry of Winston Churchill’s famous “Blood, Sweat and Toil” speech ranks among not just the greatest motivational speeches in world history, but certainly one of the most important.
Churchill gave this speech in the summer of 1940, when the Nazi war machine was at its zenith, France and most of Europe lay conquered, London as well as much of Britain smoldering from nightly bombings, and the British armed forces and people stretched to their limits as they faced the seemingly-impossible task of combatting Hitler in the West by themselves.
He gave many motivational speeches, but this is arguably the most famous of them all. There was so much stacked against the British at that point, and even still, Churchill declared “We shall never surrender.” With that kind of determination, in the face of such odds, how can anyone view the daily toils of their own lives impossible?
Like all great motivational speeches, it makes the impossible seem possible, and it’s all the more inspirational for the truth of that fact—the British did rally, the Americans and other nations did come to join their war effort, fascism was defeated, and part of it (however small the part may be) is due to fight with “growing strength,” that determination to “never surrender.”