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Expectations -Speech


Heart of Stone Episode on the TV series Deep Space Nine

Nog is a male Ferengi pre-teen a race culturally driven by personal profit. He is the son of Rom and the nephew of Quark, owner of the bar on Deep Space 9.   Nog is good friends with Jake Sisko, the teen son of station Captain Benjamin Sisko.
Benjamin Sisko initially worried about his son’s friendship with the young Ferengi, given their greedy and conniving nature, but Sisko’s feelings changed when he saw what a positive influence Jake was on Nog.

Nog: That’s right, my father. He’s been chasing profit his whole life, and what has it gotten him? Nothing! And you know why? Because he doesn’t have the lobes… And neither do I.

 My father is a mechanical genius. He could’ve been chief engineer of a starship if he’d had the opportunity. But he went into business, like a good Ferengi. The only thing is, he’s not a good Ferengi – not when it comes to acquiring profit. So now, all he has to live for, is the slim chance that someday, somehow, he might be able to take over my uncle’s bar. Well, I’m not going to make the same mistake. I want to do something with my life, something worthwhile.

I may not have an instinct for business, but I have my father’s hands and my uncle’s tenacity. I know I’ve got something to offer. I just need the chance to prove it.
Great speech about the way a son sees his father, and living up or down cultural expectations.
Nog out of costume, played by Aron Eisenberg
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I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.    Daniel Boone

(November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820) was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas. As a young adult Boone supplemented his farm income by hunting and trapping game, and selling their pelts in the fur market. It was through this occupational interest that Boone first learned the easy routes to the area. Despite some resistance from American Indian tribes such as the Shawnee, in 1775 Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into Kentucky. There he founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked by Boone.

Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers thru the Cumberland Gap in a painting by George Caleb Bingham
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Lose – Speech

Orson Welles In 'Citizen Kane'

From the movie Citizen Kane:  A group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud.” The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane’s life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane’s life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man’s rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the “top of the world.

Okay so it is not a full uninterrupted speech, but together it comes out to a great scene.  Played by a very young Orson Wells.

Charles Foster Kane: I don’t know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher; I just try everything I can think of.

 The trouble is, you don’t realize you’re talking to two people. As Charles Foster Kane, who has 82,634 shares of Public Transit Preferred. You see, I do have a general idea of my holdings. I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a contribution of $1,000 dollars. On the other hand, I am the publisher of the Inquirer! As such, it’s my duty – and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s also my pleasure – to see to it that decent, hard-working people in this community aren’t robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates just because – they haven’t anybody to look after their interests.

 You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.

orson wellswine
Later this writer, director, actor would sell wine.
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Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.   Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from Bohemia, who raised him in a secular home.  November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941