Ryan Thomason

Work Break Time: Afternoon Delight

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It’s not an week of inspirational speeches if it doesn’t include Braveheart. Besides Terminator 2, Braveheart is the other movie I’ve watched so many times, I know all the dialog by heart, and when I hear songs from the movie I know exactly what scene it’s from.

This speech is the pivotal part of the movie, where Wallace goes from English annoyance, to Scottish Hero/badass. The music in the background has such a dramatic effect that it’s hard to not be spellbound by Mel Gibson delivering the lines perfectly. Hell, just watching this again is going to have me busting out the DVD and watching this movie tonight for the millionth time.

So sit back, relax, and have a good work break from WPR.


“I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And
free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”

“Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will
run – and live!”

“Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you
will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for
one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell
our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take
our freedom!”

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