Some of my favorite speeches
I think that speech is a very powerful form of rhetoric. I love persuasion and speech has its way of sneaking into the hearts of people so that they are moved to act. Below are some speeches that have moved me to act and influenced my thinking. Some religious, some secular, all empowering.
If I had to say I had a favorite movie, this would be it, and this is a powerful speech. I love the way he is under the threat of this powerful judge who could send him to prison for life and yet, there is something that wells up deep inside that just causes him to forget the dishonest statement that his corrupt lawyer gave him to read. If you haven't seen the movie, I recommend it, and this speech will be even more powerful knowing the character development, but it's still one of my favorite scenes and illustrations of standing up for what is right no matter the cost.
This is a speech that has constantly inspired me to be a better person and a harder worker. Watch it if you want to hit the dirt and work harder!
This is just classic. JFK. Good principles
This one is also classic American. I love MLK.
This is the last speech the Bruce R. McConkie gave before he died of cancer and is a powerful speech about the power of what happened in Gethsemane. Very powerful speech if you are Christian and believe that the propitiation of Jesus of Nazareth really was the most important and influential event of all history. That as Isaiah said: "the chastisement of our peace was upon him" and that he came that we might have life more abundantly.
This one is part of a speech given called Profile of a Prophet where a Mormon lawyer debated with a judge whether or not Joseph Smith really "fit the bill" for an actual prophet like Moses or Abraham or Isaiah. I especially enjoy the part about how translating the Book of Mormon is a superhuman task. (See from 5:40 - 8:35).
This speech shows the amazing brilliance of Gandhi as he tried to spread the idea of non-violence.
Celebrate what's right with the world. You'll have more passion and energy in life.
Here are just a few of my favorite speeches that are not on Youtube! *Many of them DO have MP3 files you can listen to, but you can't link to the files from here so just look them up on speeches.byu.edu if you want to listen to some of them.
Everyone is Ignorant, Only in Different Subjects Eliot Butler
Visions and Ideals James Allen
Education for Real Life Henry Eyring*
If I Were You What Would I Do? Gordon B. Hinckley* (HIGHLY recommend listening to this one)
Stand Up for Truth Gordon B. Hinckley* (HIGHLY recommend listening to this one)
The Inexhaustible Gospel Neal A. Maxwell*
Grounded, Rooted, Established and Settled Neal A. Maxwell*
Hope C.S. Lewis (from Mere Christianity)