The Great Dictator Speech


I'm sorry

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 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 good 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, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes

men who despise you - 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 like cattle, use you 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

the unloved and the unnatural!

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery!

Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St 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!

You, the people have the power

the power to create machines

The power to create happiness!

You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful

to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then - in the name of democracy

let us 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 youth a future and old age a security.

By the promise of these things

brutes have risen to power.

But they lie!

They do not fulfil that promise.

They never will!

Dictators free themselves

but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfil that promise!

Let us fight to free the world

to do away with national barriers

to 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!