One of the basic five senses of human beings, speech; has proven to have changed the facade of history. If some speeches have hurt people to death, some other speeches have revolutionized countries. History witnesses how speeches have instigated the masses and brought about a massive change in countries. If great kings have conquered lands, great orators were always a step ahead; they conquered people. As truly said, a leader is born not made; an orator too, is born and not made. It is said that everyone can speak but not everyone can inspire or make a difference. History shows how eminent people have made a difference through their inspiring speeches. The result of a well crafted speech can be more intense than warfare. Be it Anthony’s famous speech or Macbeth’s; orators have their own charm and ways to lure people. For all the about-to-be inspired people out there, here are the ten best inspiring speeches in the world.
Regardless of the content, Hitler is one of the most prominent, eminent and the best orators in the history of mankind. His speeches rightly defined and determined the boundaries of impressive and inspirational speeches. An orator is not just the one who speaks content but more importantly the one who grabs the attention to the content. Despite his negative philosophies, he has always succeeded in mesmerizing his subjects with his brilliant oratory skills. Undoubtedly, his speeches are worth your time.
9. Swami Vivekananda
It’s not about religion or nationality, it’s all about you. ‘Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth.’ His breath-taking speech left all the dignitaries and the attendants at the Chicago conference astound. His ardent research and infallible deliverance called for nothing but a standing ovation. It’s never a good idea to miss out on such an inspirational speech.
8. Steve Jobs
Reading e-books? Watching movies on a little tablet? The credit obviously goes to the master mind Steve Jobs. The one who foresaw and beseeched the world about the downfall of the markets. Steve Jobs got things done in his own style. He new gen-Y’s favorite speech, his speech at the Stanford. Indeed a spine-chilling speech, each word seeps into your head. You cannot afford to miss his speech, his detailing defines him and nothing but only his speech can define his standards.
7. Charlie Chaplin
“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.”
This statement in his speech has conquered millions of hearts. Known as the Great Dictator’s Speech, Charlie Chaplin has always remained as one of the most prominent persons in History. His unfathomable speech was quite intriguing and has been one of the most powerful speeches ever delivered. A man of his style, only Charlie Chaplin can define and reach his standards. If you have missed out on his speech, you have truly missed out something in life. Nevertheless, it’s never too late for anything.
6. John F. Kennedy
“My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”- quoted the youngest and one of the best Presidents of the United States. His inaugural address is and will remain one of the best and the most inspiring speeches ever. Delicately and decisively designed for two months, Kennedy quoted these precious words to the people in 1961 at his Inaugural Address. You ought not to miss one of the world’s greatest orators who had walked through the sands of time.
5. Nick Vujicic
Born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker and defines life on his own terms. The Serbian Australian man has thrived to inspire millions of hearts across the world in place of his limbs. Always cheerful, his speeches describe how he has accepted life as it came. He never complained of his disabilities but tried his hand at everything which most ‘normal’ human beings would not have thought about. With a Bachelor of Commerce, a double major in accountancy and financial planning, he enjoys his married life and the response to his first book, Life without Limbs. An extremely entertaining and inspiring personality, his speeches are worth lending an ear.
4. Nelson Mandela
A man who dedicated his life to the struggle of the African people, a man who fought against the white domination, a man who rules the hearts of million people, it’s not hard to guess; Nelson Mandela. A man who was ready to lay down his life for non-racial South Africa, Mandela has delivered one of those amazing speeches in history. A man of principles, his life is also as inspiring as his speeches. He learnt in every step and has grown to overcome all the faults. Indeed, an inspirational icon of the 20th century, an obvious respect to him and his speeches.
3. Abraham Lincoln
A thorough gentle man with articulate views and one of the greatest leaders ever born, the 20th century cult figure, Abraham Lincoln. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”, still rings in the ears of history and justice. These lines are taken from his famous speech at Gettysburg Address, 1863. His 265 word speech has gained utmost importance just to say, even today that ‘Sir, you earned our respect’.
2. Barack Obama
The cult personality of the 21st century, a man with the most prominent and impressive personality; Barack Obama is one of the best orators of this century. Be it the content or the body language, one has to learn perfection from him. One of his many inspiring speeches delivered is ‘The Audacity of Hope’ in 2004. With sheer optimism and honesty, his own story narrated to the nationwide audience is sure to remain the best political speech in modern American history.
1. Martin Luther King
The Reverent Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech invoking the declaration of Independence is undoubtedly one of the most acknowledged and inspiring speeches ever delivered. His speech not only left people astounded but also August 28, 1963 was the last day to end racism in the United States. Till date, his speech remains one of the greatest, most appreciated and truthful speech ever delivered. The speech was remarked as a defining moment for 250,000 American civil rights supporters. Also known as ‘The Negro and the American Dream’, one should definitely read this most inspiring speech of History.