ESL Video Quiz: Charlie Chaplin's timeless speech

Quiz by: EnglishWizards
Quiz #: 16739
(ESL Category: listening) Listening quiz
Spelling, grammar 7632




"I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor, that's not my
business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should
like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man,
white. We all want to help one another, human beings are
like that. We all want to live by each other's happiness, not
by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise
one another. In this world there is room for everyone and
the earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of
life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world
with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and
bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut
ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in
want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness
hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery we need humanity. More than
cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these
qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The
aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the
goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for
the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions
throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women
and little children, victims of a system that makes men
torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can
hear me I say "Do not despair". The misery that is now upon
us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who
fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass
and dictators die and the power they took from the people,
will return to the people and so long as men die [now]
liberty will never perish. Soldiers: don't give yourselves to
brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who
regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and
what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as
cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural
men, machine men, with machine minds and machine
hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are
men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You
don't hate, only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the
unnatural. Soldiers: don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written: "The
kingdom of God is within man" Not one man, nor a group
of men, but in all men; in you, the people. You the people
have the power, the power to create machines, the power
to create happiness. You the people have the power to
make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful
adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that
power, let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a
decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will
give you the future and old age and security. By the
promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but
they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will.
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now
let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the
world, to do away with national barriers, do away with
greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of
reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all
men's happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us
all unite!"

If you would like to listen to this video and read the script at
the same time, here is a link -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWtjHzGWeUw -

It may help you to listen and read at the same time -
especially if you find the speed at which he speaks too fast.

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