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Question: Your Top 20 Speeches of All Time?

As we research for the next book, we’re putting together an analysis of the Top 20 speeches. It’s easy to identify political speeches but we’re looking for a variety. They can be political, but we’d also like any other types, too. They can be closing arguments, speeches in movies, lectures, sermons, Nobel Prize speeches…anything. Submit your favorites in the comments.

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  • Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture is already widely known, but in many ways his Time management lecture is even better (This was given after his Last Lecture). It is smart, entertaining, and specific in how you can improve your life today. Excellent.

    http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy/

  • Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture is already widely known, but in many ways his Time management lecture is even better (This was given after his Last Lecture). It is smart, entertaining, and specific in how you can improve your life today. Excellent.

    http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy/

  • Not to instantly got to this well but Benjamin Zander’s 2008 TED talk is remarkable. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/286

  • Not to instantly got to this well but Benjamin Zander’s 2008 TED talk is remarkable. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/286

  • From film, the closing monologue of Klaatu (played by Michael Rennie) in The Day The Earth Stood Still is no doubt one of the major reasons why the 1951 film is considered a classic.

    “…This Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFsUHaRVHA

  • From film, the closing monologue of Klaatu (played by Michael Rennie) in The Day The Earth Stood Still is no doubt one of the major reasons why the 1951 film is considered a classic.

    “…This Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFsUHaRVHA

  • Steve Job’s Speech to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class:
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/grad-061505.html

  • Steve Job’s Speech to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class:
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/grad-061505.html

  • Laurence Musgrove

    Henry Fonda in Young Mr. Lincoln talking down a lynch mob.

  • Laurence Musgrove

    Henry Fonda in Young Mr. Lincoln talking down a lynch mob.

  • Justin Eagle

    Mike Rowe at TED: Celebrating work — all kinds of work
    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mike_rowe_celebrates_dirty_jobs.html

  • Justin Eagle

    Mike Rowe at TED: Celebrating work — all kinds of work
    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mike_rowe_celebrates_dirty_jobs.html

  • Luis Iturriaga

    Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? at TEDTalks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

  • Luis Iturriaga

    Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? at TEDTalks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

  • Everett Dirksen’s speech in favor of making the marigold the national flower.
    Here:
    books.google.com/books?id=EKkO4JBxtVkC&pg=PA565&lpg=PA565&dq=everett+dirksen+marigold&source=bl&ots=MDo9xgI1Am&sig=JmzRBu5lF-2IHKXWzNadixKDIrw&hl=en&ei=WqDjSdXaGqTlnQew_5mnCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5

  • Everett Dirksen’s speech in favor of making the marigold the national flower.
    Here:
    books.google.com/books?id=EKkO4JBxtVkC&pg=PA565&lpg=PA565&dq=everett+dirksen+marigold&source=bl&ots=MDo9xgI1Am&sig=JmzRBu5lF-2IHKXWzNadixKDIrw&hl=en&ei=WqDjSdXaGqTlnQew_5mnCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5

  • J. Krishnamurti’s speech “Truth is a Pathless Land.” Here: http://bernie.cncfamily.com/k_pathless.htm

  • J. Krishnamurti’s speech “Truth is a Pathless Land.” Here: http://bernie.cncfamily.com/k_pathless.htm

  • Malcolm Gladwell’s TED talk in 2006 was great.”What we can learn from spaghetti sauce.”
    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce.html

  • Malcolm Gladwell’s TED talk in 2006 was great.”What we can learn from spaghetti sauce.”
    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce.html

  • Phraktyl

    Alan Alda’s speech to the P&S graduating class if 1979. I read it years and years ago, but I still remember the message:

    http://nectarfizz.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/alan-alda-ps-graduating-class-of-1979/

  • Phraktyl

    Alan Alda’s speech to the P&S graduating class if 1979. I read it years and years ago, but I still remember the message:

    http://nectarfizz.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/alan-alda-ps-graduating-class-of-1979/

  • well, there are a lot …

    one of the most inspiring:
    Guy Kawasaki – The Art of Start
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3755718939216161559

    one of the best business presentations:
    Steve Jobs – MacWorld 2007 (iPhone)
    (if you take that one, drop me a mail, I wrote my second Masters Thesis about it, I would gladly share it)

    from desperate to berserk in a few minutes:
    Al Pacino – Any Given Sunday
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk
    (my rhetorical analysis: http://modernrhetoricalrolemodels.blogspot.com/)

    funny & scientific:
    Daniel Gilbert at TED – why are we happy
    (although he “loses” the end 🙁
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTO_dZUvbJA

    best political short speech
    Obama – We are not Quitters
    damn… the link is no longer valid and I can’t find it anymore…
    maybe this one (can’t be played over here in Europe…)
    http://beta.sling.com/video/show/123414/01/We-Are-Not-Quitters

    Tony Robbins at TED
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpc-t-Uwv1I

    Short Speech – Tony Robbines inspired a pimp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KQ7egNyYU

    mentioned above already:
    Zander, Pausch, Steve Jobs – Stanford

  • well, there are a lot …

    one of the most inspiring:
    Guy Kawasaki – The Art of Start
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3755718939216161559

    one of the best business presentations:
    Steve Jobs – MacWorld 2007 (iPhone)
    (if you take that one, drop me a mail, I wrote my second Masters Thesis about it, I would gladly share it)

    from desperate to berserk in a few minutes:
    Al Pacino – Any Given Sunday
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk
    (my rhetorical analysis: http://modernrhetoricalrolemodels.blogspot.com/)

    funny & scientific:
    Daniel Gilbert at TED – why are we happy
    (although he “loses” the end 🙁
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTO_dZUvbJA

    best political short speech
    Obama – We are not Quitters
    damn… the link is no longer valid and I can’t find it anymore…
    maybe this one (can’t be played over here in Europe…)
    http://beta.sling.com/video/show/123414/01/We-Are-Not-Quitters

    Tony Robbins at TED
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpc-t-Uwv1I

    Short Speech – Tony Robbines inspired a pimp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KQ7egNyYU

    mentioned above already:
    Zander, Pausch, Steve Jobs – Stanford

  • Andre Agassi’s farewell speech at US open in 2006. Maybe because I have played tennis for long time, and it was given at my birthda:). This speech is short like 1 or 2 minutes, He could connect with the audience and me. While he was talking, I could not prevent the tears from flowing. He showed his love to his fans and he was respected from them.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/andreagassifarewelltotennis.htm

  • Andre Agassi’s farewell speech at US open in 2006. Maybe because I have played tennis for long time, and it was given at my birthda:). This speech is short like 1 or 2 minutes, He could connect with the audience and me. While he was talking, I could not prevent the tears from flowing. He showed his love to his fans and he was respected from them.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/andreagassifarewelltotennis.htm

  • Alec Baldwin’s speech from Glengarry Glen Ross

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WCcKIkMp8Y

    (some language NSFW)

  • Alec Baldwin’s speech from Glengarry Glen Ross

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WCcKIkMp8Y

    (some language NSFW)

  • B. Figueiredo

    It’s not my favorite, but its undoubtedly one of the best:
    Jesus’ speech in the “last supper”.
    Remarkable. Ask Leonardo Da Vinci…

  • B. Figueiredo

    It’s not my favorite, but its undoubtedly one of the best:
    Jesus’ speech in the “last supper”.
    Remarkable. Ask Leonardo Da Vinci…

  • Christophe

    Martin Luther King – I’ve been to the mountain top
    This speech is extremely creative.

    Jesse Jackson – 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

  • Christophe

    Martin Luther King – I’ve been to the mountain top
    This speech is extremely creative.

    Jesse Jackson – 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

  • Maybe not a speech, but Adlai Stevensons speech in UNs Security Concil during the Cuban Missile Crisis is very good. Especially the catchfrase: “dont wait for the translation”!

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Cuban_Missile_Crisis_speech_to_the_United_Nations_Security_Council

  • Maybe not a speech, but Adlai Stevensons speech in UNs Security Concil during the Cuban Missile Crisis is very good. Especially the catchfrase: “dont wait for the translation”!

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Cuban_Missile_Crisis_speech_to_the_United_Nations_Security_Council

  • Jim

    Bobby Kennedy’s speech on death of MLK.

    http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/rfk.htm

  • Jim

    Bobby Kennedy’s speech on death of MLK.

    http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/rfk.htm

  • Blaise Douros

    My number 1 speech of all time: the “St. Crispin’s Day” speech from Henry V. My personal favorite version, by Kenneth Branagh, is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAvmLDkAgAM

    Two speeches in the film “V For Vendetta” stand out to me–though the film is full of fantastic speeches–the first is when V introduces himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OB6EsUP4tU&feature=channel_page

    The second, when he broadcasts his message about the 5th of November: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chqi8m4CEEY

  • Blaise Douros

    My number 1 speech of all time: the “St. Crispin’s Day” speech from Henry V. My personal favorite version, by Kenneth Branagh, is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAvmLDkAgAM

    Two speeches in the film “V For Vendetta” stand out to me–though the film is full of fantastic speeches–the first is when V introduces himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OB6EsUP4tU&feature=channel_page

    The second, when he broadcasts his message about the 5th of November: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chqi8m4CEEY

  • Erica Wang

    Definitely Gregory Peck’s performance and closing argument in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

  • Erica Wang

    Definitely Gregory Peck’s performance and closing argument in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

  • Jon Faucette

    Winston Churchill’s “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” address to the House of Commons:
    http://www.winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=391

  • Jon Faucette

    Winston Churchill’s “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” address to the House of Commons:
    http://www.winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=391

  • Gene Krantz’ “Failure Is Not An Option” speech, either from the Apollo 13 movie, or straight from the horse’s mouth at:

    http://www.tinyurl.com/genekrantz

    (timecode 04:10 – 05:30)

  • Gene Krantz’ “Failure Is Not An Option” speech, either from the Apollo 13 movie, or straight from the horse’s mouth at:

    http://www.tinyurl.com/genekrantz

    (timecode 04:10 – 05:30)

  • I would say William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold speech is one of my favorites…almost as true today as it was in 1896. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_gold_speech

  • I would say William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold speech is one of my favorites…almost as true today as it was in 1896. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_gold_speech

  • David Jaques

    GEN Douglas A. MacArthur’s Duty Honor Country speech at West Point. It is said he delivered this extemporaneously which would be all the more amazing if true. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/douglasmacarthurthayeraward.html

  • David Jaques

    GEN Douglas A. MacArthur’s Duty Honor Country speech at West Point. It is said he delivered this extemporaneously which would be all the more amazing if true. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/douglasmacarthurthayeraward.html

  • Dean

    Everyone in the Garr-osphere probably thinks that Obama is beyond comparison, but for mine Bill Clinton was untouchable.

    If you can find on YouTube his SotU speech where he has Rosa Parks in the audience, it is unbelievable … the whole speech is a master class. In fact I know it is because several professional presentation trainers have had me cut clips for their training courses 😉

  • Dean

    Everyone in the Garr-osphere probably thinks that Obama is beyond comparison, but for mine Bill Clinton was untouchable.

    If you can find on YouTube his SotU speech where he has Rosa Parks in the audience, it is unbelievable … the whole speech is a master class. In fact I know it is because several professional presentation trainers have had me cut clips for their training courses 😉

  • Princess Diana Funeral Eulogy by Earl Charles Spencer

  • Princess Diana Funeral Eulogy by Earl Charles Spencer

  • Besides names already mentioned here like Steve Jobs, Randy Pausch, Sir Ken Robinson, and Benjamin Zander at TED my other favorites are:

    • My Stroke of Insight at TED by Dr.Jim Bolte Taylor – http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229
    • Story of stuff by Annie Leonard – http://www.storyofstuff.com/
    • Dr.Hans Rosling at TED – http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/92
    • Flight of Conchords – Jenny – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYkIJVguCU

  • Besides names already mentioned here like Steve Jobs, Randy Pausch, Sir Ken Robinson, and Benjamin Zander at TED my other favorites are:

    • My Stroke of Insight at TED by Dr.Jim Bolte Taylor – http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229
    • Story of stuff by Annie Leonard – http://www.storyofstuff.com/
    • Dr.Hans Rosling at TED – http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/92
    • Flight of Conchords – Jenny – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYkIJVguCU

  • David Lewis

    George C. Scott as George S. Patton in the opening of the movie Patton.

    And I second Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” at TED.

    And certainly Daniel Pink’s 2008 commencement speech at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

  • David Lewis

    George C. Scott as George S. Patton in the opening of the movie Patton.

    And I second Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” at TED.

    And certainly Daniel Pink’s 2008 commencement speech at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

  • Denny Atkinson

    Mary Fisher’s “A Whisper of Aids” speech from the 1992 Republican National Convention is my favorite.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/maryfisher1992rnc.html

    From my second least favorite president, I’d have to select the Checkers speech by Richard Nixon.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/richardnixoncheckers.html

  • Denny Atkinson

    Mary Fisher’s “A Whisper of Aids” speech from the 1992 Republican National Convention is my favorite.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/maryfisher1992rnc.html

    From my second least favorite president, I’d have to select the Checkers speech by Richard Nixon.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/richardnixoncheckers.html

  • Christian Beasley

    Keith Drury, an Associate Professor of Religion at Indiana Wesleyan University has listed 21 skills of great preachers – based on 40 years of taken notes, based on the speaker’s content and communication skills:
    http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/preacher.htm

  • Christian Beasley

    Keith Drury, an Associate Professor of Religion at Indiana Wesleyan University has listed 21 skills of great preachers – based on 40 years of taken notes, based on the speaker’s content and communication skills:
    http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/preacher.htm

  • Di Schuler

    This speech is not politically or socially relevant, but it is a work of art. See V’s introduction to Evey Hammond in the film “V for Vendetta”. This speech of “v-words” reveals much about the character “V” and the plot of the film.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW6HbZXI9Y0

  • Di Schuler

    This speech is not politically or socially relevant, but it is a work of art. See V’s introduction to Evey Hammond in the film “V for Vendetta”. This speech of “v-words” reveals much about the character “V” and the plot of the film.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW6HbZXI9Y0

  • Jonas

    Very simple and convincing, Michael Douglas has a very strong nonverbal presence as well. “Greed is good” from the Movie Wall Street can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JZp215Bgyk

  • Jonas

    Very simple and convincing, Michael Douglas has a very strong nonverbal presence as well. “Greed is good” from the Movie Wall Street can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JZp215Bgyk

  • Alex Nikolopoulos

    Al Pacino for me is one of the great linguists of our time. His ability to deliver riveting speeches in movie after movie sets him apart in Hollywood. One of my favorites is from the movie The Devils Advocate. It highlights how well he uses voice tonality, facial expressions, hand gestures and even emotional shifts to emphasis his points.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGR4SFOimlk

  • Alex Nikolopoulos

    Al Pacino for me is one of the great linguists of our time. His ability to deliver riveting speeches in movie after movie sets him apart in Hollywood. One of my favorites is from the movie The Devils Advocate. It highlights how well he uses voice tonality, facial expressions, hand gestures and even emotional shifts to emphasis his points.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGR4SFOimlk

  • Udi

    Al Pacino has a special talent for speeches. The one I always remember is from Scent of a Woman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH4p9BQ3V9o&feature=related

  • Udi

    Al Pacino has a special talent for speeches. The one I always remember is from Scent of a Woman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH4p9BQ3V9o&feature=related

  • A comment on the workings of goverment from a Canadian. Keifer Sutherlands grandfather

  • A comment on the workings of goverment from a Canadian. Keifer Sutherlands grandfather

  • For me it has to be “I Have a Dream” from Martin Luther King. I have head it like 50 times and still moves me. I have memorize like half of it!

  • For me it has to be “I Have a Dream” from Martin Luther King. I have head it like 50 times and still moves me. I have memorize like half of it!

  • This commencement address to Harvard 2008 by JK Rowlings is well crafted, funny without being trivial, moving without being maudlin. I have never recalled any commencement address I have ever heard. I will remember this one. http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

  • This commencement address to Harvard 2008 by JK Rowlings is well crafted, funny without being trivial, moving without being maudlin. I have never recalled any commencement address I have ever heard. I will remember this one. http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

  • Marianne Williamson Poem toward the end of the movie Coach Carter: “our greatest fear isn’t that we are inadequate our greatest fear is that we are… I forget the rest.
    My second nomine is kevin costner in Bull Durham

  • Marianne Williamson Poem toward the end of the movie Coach Carter: “our greatest fear isn’t that we are inadequate our greatest fear is that we are… I forget the rest.
    My second nomine is kevin costner in Bull Durham

  • Hi Tony,

    Williamson’s quote is also one of my favorites:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Marianne Williamson
    from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”

    (And so is Kevin Costner’s!)

  • Hi Tony,

    Williamson’s quote is also one of my favorites:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Marianne Williamson
    from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”

    (And so is Kevin Costner’s!)

  • Jamal Haider

    I have a dream speech by Martin Luther King. The other by Malcolm X “The Ballot or the Bullet” is also very inspiring.

  • Jamal Haider

    I have a dream speech by Martin Luther King. The other by Malcolm X “The Ballot or the Bullet” is also very inspiring.

  • Attila Emam

    JFK’s “New Frontier” speech in the 1960 United States presidential election to the Democratic National Convention at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the Democratic nominee.

    And also Russell Crowe’s speech to the troops as General Maximus Decimus Meridius just before he leads the Roman Army to victory against Germanic barbarians in the year 180AD, ending a prolonged war. 🙂

  • Attila Emam

    JFK’s “New Frontier” speech in the 1960 United States presidential election to the Democratic National Convention at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the Democratic nominee.

    And also Russell Crowe’s speech to the troops as General Maximus Decimus Meridius just before he leads the Roman Army to victory against Germanic barbarians in the year 180AD, ending a prolonged war. 🙂

  • ray griffin

    John Quincy Adams closing argument before the Supreme Court (from the movie Amistad):
    “Now, gentlemen, I must say I differ with the keen minds of the South, and with our president, who apparently shares their views, offering that the natural state of mankind is instead — and I know this is a controversial idea — is freedom.”
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechamistadjqadams.html

  • ray griffin

    John Quincy Adams closing argument before the Supreme Court (from the movie Amistad):
    “Now, gentlemen, I must say I differ with the keen minds of the South, and with our president, who apparently shares their views, offering that the natural state of mankind is instead — and I know this is a controversial idea — is freedom.”
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechamistadjqadams.html

  • Stanley Schubert

    One great communicator wrote a wonderful touching speech “St. Crispens Day Speech” by William Shakespeare in Henry V.

  • Stanley Schubert

    One great communicator wrote a wonderful touching speech “St. Crispens Day Speech” by William Shakespeare in Henry V.

  • David Phillips

    Mad Men’s Don Draper makes his pitch to Kodak. Great use of “story” to convey a message.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bLNkCqpuY

    Closing argument in “A Time to Kill.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7f-BgDgpmE

    James Earl Jones’ speech at the end of “Field of Dreams.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDyM4CfExXU

  • David Phillips

    Mad Men’s Don Draper makes his pitch to Kodak. Great use of “story” to convey a message.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bLNkCqpuY

    Closing argument in “A Time to Kill.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7f-BgDgpmE

    James Earl Jones’ speech at the end of “Field of Dreams.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDyM4CfExXU

  • Jeff B

    Wow, how could we miss Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, JFK’s Inaugural Address or Man on the Moon speeches, and Churchills Sinews of Peace.

  • Jeff B

    Wow, how could we miss Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, JFK’s Inaugural Address or Man on the Moon speeches, and Churchills Sinews of Peace.

  • The speech at the end of JFK was a great one that doesn’t get alot of attention. Event the one at the end of 13 days. Iike them both.

  • The speech at the end of JFK was a great one that doesn’t get alot of attention. Event the one at the end of 13 days. Iike them both.

  • Terry Irwin

    Colonel Tim Collins Speech to the Royal Irish Regiment – “Magnanimous in victory” – is the clear winner.

    We go to liberate, not to conquer.
    We will not fly our flags in their country
    We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own.
    Show respect for them.

    There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly.
    Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.
    As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.
    Wipe them out if that is what they choose.
    But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.

    Iraq is steeped in history.
    It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham.
    Tread lightly there.

    You will see things that no man could pay to see
    — and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis.
    You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing.

    Don’t treat them as refugees for they are in their own country.
    Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you.

    If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day.
    Allow them dignity in death.
    Bury them properly and mark their graves.

    It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive.
    But there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign.
    We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back.
    There will be no time for sorrow.

    The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction.
    There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam.
    He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done.
    As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.

    It is a big step to take another human life.
    It is not to be done lightly.
    I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts.
    I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them.

    If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family.
    The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.

    If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer.
    You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest — for your deeds will follow you down through history.
    We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation.

    It is not a question of if, it’s a question of when.
    We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself.
    If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack.

    As for ourselves, let’s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there.

    Our business now is North.

  • Terry Irwin

    Colonel Tim Collins Speech to the Royal Irish Regiment – “Magnanimous in victory” – is the clear winner.

    We go to liberate, not to conquer.
    We will not fly our flags in their country
    We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own.
    Show respect for them.

    There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly.
    Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.
    As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.
    Wipe them out if that is what they choose.
    But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.

    Iraq is steeped in history.
    It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham.
    Tread lightly there.

    You will see things that no man could pay to see
    — and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis.
    You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing.

    Don’t treat them as refugees for they are in their own country.
    Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you.

    If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day.
    Allow them dignity in death.
    Bury them properly and mark their graves.

    It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive.
    But there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign.
    We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back.
    There will be no time for sorrow.

    The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction.
    There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam.
    He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done.
    As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.

    It is a big step to take another human life.
    It is not to be done lightly.
    I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts.
    I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them.

    If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family.
    The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.

    If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer.
    You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest — for your deeds will follow you down through history.
    We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation.

    It is not a question of if, it’s a question of when.
    We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself.
    If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack.

    As for ourselves, let’s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there.

    Our business now is North.

  • I agree with Jeff B
    How can we not include Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address – called a sacred effort. Some consider it his greatest speech. But Gettysburg was 2 minutes, 256 words. How much better can one get?

    More recently Dick Hardt’s keynote at OSCON 2005 on Identity 2.0 – building on Larry Lessig’s approach Hardt changed the paradigm.
    http://identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/

  • I agree with Jeff B
    How can we not include Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address – called a sacred effort. Some consider it his greatest speech. But Gettysburg was 2 minutes, 256 words. How much better can one get?

    More recently Dick Hardt’s keynote at OSCON 2005 on Identity 2.0 – building on Larry Lessig’s approach Hardt changed the paradigm.
    http://identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/

  • I like “What teachers make” by Taylor Mali:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU

    More performance art than a regular speech, but what a great delivery!

  • I like “What teachers make” by Taylor Mali:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU

    More performance art than a regular speech, but what a great delivery!

  • Chris Failla

    Rob Bell’s “The God’s Aren’t Angry” message was powerful: 90 minutes, no notes, no slides, and only one prop, yet I was fully attentive for the whole thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SygrK4QV2TY

  • Chris Failla

    Rob Bell’s “The God’s Aren’t Angry” message was powerful: 90 minutes, no notes, no slides, and only one prop, yet I was fully attentive for the whole thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SygrK4QV2TY

  • Chief Seattle’s speech upon receiving the treaty of 1854 (“in all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude”.)

    http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/chiefsea.html

  • Chief Seattle’s speech upon receiving the treaty of 1854 (“in all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude”.)

    http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/chiefsea.html

  • Lincoln’s Second Inaugural.
    His First is also ace as is, of course, the Gettysburg Address. Short, eloquent, moving, inspiring…

    Also Obama’s campaign speech about race after the Wright affair. Stunning. The first time in my lifetime I heard a politician handle a tricky issue without condescension or slippery spin.

  • Lincoln’s Second Inaugural.
    His First is also ace as is, of course, the Gettysburg Address. Short, eloquent, moving, inspiring…

    Also Obama’s campaign speech about race after the Wright affair. Stunning. The first time in my lifetime I heard a politician handle a tricky issue without condescension or slippery spin.

  • Winston Churchill’s Blood Sweat and Tears speech inspired so much hope for England at a time of great sorrow

  • Winston Churchill’s Blood Sweat and Tears speech inspired so much hope for England at a time of great sorrow

  • Guest

    The character Will’s response to the question, “Why America is the greatest country in the world.”

  • Guest

    The character Will’s response to the question, “Why America is the greatest country in the world.”

  • Deborah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zqOYBabXmA
    The character Will’s response to the question, “Why America is the greatest country in the world?” 3:23 on the video.

  • Deborah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zqOYBabXmA
    The character Will’s response to the question, “Why America is the greatest country in the world?” 3:23 on the video.

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