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#1 Edited by Buscemi (1106 posts) -

I was just listening to some Jay Electronica, and in the song Jazzmatazz were excerpts of Martin Luther King's last speech, and it got me thinking. What speeches have really roused you? What speeches have inspired you? I want to know! Copy the text or paste a Youtube-link. Just so we're clear, I'm talking whole speeches or parts of one. Not a sentence or a couple of words, let's try to stick to a few lines or more!
 
I don't know if this is my favorite. Charlie Chaplin had a pretty good one in "The Great Dictator", but this is the most recent one I've really liked.
 
The last part of the "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech: 

 

  
#2 Posted by Mercy_ (255 posts) -

Are we talking real life speeches or just any speech across media that has caught our fancy?

#3 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
@courtney12490: Any speech that you really like, I don't mind!
#4 Posted by LiquidSword (74 posts) -

Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

#5 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

Keeping it video game related....

IRL, there are too many to pick just one.

#6 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
@liquidsword: That's a good one, yeah!
#7 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

I have a dream...a dream of my really hot English teacher.

#8 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

The King's.

No, not really.

#9 Edited by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
@MysteriousBob: I see what you did there! Honestly, though, I can't quite recall what that speech was about. Stuff? Hitler still got out  of that 30s speech battle on top, what with the hand waving and that moustache and the melon.
#10 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

This is what i have so far, if i think of somthing else i will post it.

#11 Edited by Mercy_ (255 posts) -

Sweet!

And the last is not so much a speech, as just a fucking epic moment.

#12 Posted by Mikemcn (7019 posts) -

@liquidsword said:

Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

I only heard that for the first time last week, and was blown away.

#13 Posted by longstarrr (17 posts) -

I've always liked this one:

#14 Posted by Owlhead (154 posts) -

aaaaaand

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#15 Edited by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

@Titus said:

@MysteriousBob: I see what you did there! Honestly, though, I can't quite recall what that speech was about. Stuff? Hitler still got out of that 30s speech battle on top, what with the hand waving and that moustache and the melon.

Thats the thing, there was nothing special about the speech. Its just the story of him delivering any speech to his people. If you're curious though, the original broadcast can be found online.

#16 Posted by bartok (2584 posts) -

Pussies, Dicks, and Asshole monologue from the end of Team America moved me to tears.

#17 Edited by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

EDIT: The video was not working, so here's a link.    
    First thing that came in mind. I'm not even American and i barely follows America political history and things like that, but... The way this guy talks is just... WOW!

#18 Posted by EuanDewar (5098 posts) -

I am well aware this doesn't count.

#19 Posted by Psykhophear (944 posts) -

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Speech. Beautiful and inspiring speech from start to finish.

#20 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

@Psykhophear: I didn't realise creatures without souls could give emotional speeches.

#21 Edited by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Jim Valvano's ESPYs speech

#22 Posted by Owlhead (154 posts) -

@MysteriousBob: Cold, bro

#23 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
@MysteriousBob said:

@Titus said:

@MysteriousBob: I see what you did there! Honestly, though, I can't quite recall what that speech was about. Stuff? Hitler still got out of that 30s speech battle on top, what with the hand waving and that moustache and the melon.

Thats the thing, there was nothing special about the speech. Its just the story of him delivering any speech to his people. If you're curious though, the original broadcast can be found online.

I've actually heard it said that Colin Firth's stutter is not what a real stutter sounds like. Sure fooled me, I thought that he did it pretty well. I'll check that broadcast out! 
 
@Psykhophear: It's a comfort for those of us who are afraid that we'll fuck up our education, at least. I can be great even though I suck!
#24 Posted by CountMacula (231 posts) -

Big fan of this one

#25 Posted by BlinkyTM (1046 posts) -

I thought it was cool that they had this on youtube. He gets really enthusiastic about stuff around 2:00.

#26 Posted by Psykhophear (944 posts) -

@MysteriousBob: Meanie! I take it you're not a fan of Apple products of any kind? But in any case, either you're a fan or not, you gotta respect Steve Jobs. It's not just about the products he created. It's about the way he thinks, how he conducted businesses and his creativity. This dude changed the world.

@Titus: Well, not the kind of message he was going for but yeah, you could say that :P

#27 Posted by Rudyftw (554 posts) -
#28 Posted by Aetheldod (3726 posts) -

I never have found speeches all that ... what could be the right word .... interesting/honest/impactful :/ I dont know ; I just cant stop from thinking of them being hypocrital moments (I blame politicians).

#29 Posted by joeq1159 (110 posts) -

I love MLK. I can read anything written by him and enjoy it intensely. Quite an intelligent writer. I personally love the I Have A Dream speech and I view it as one of the greatest moments in American history, where we were unified under the notion of equality for everyone. I think I might also have to include Ralph Emerson's Divinity School Address. His thoughts on metaphysics were quite progressive and profound. Plus the divinity school never let him back after that one which is kinda bad ass.

#30 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I was born on Martin Luther King's birthday and as a kid growing up I always looked up to him. His "I Have A Dream" speech gives me goosebumps to this day.

#31 Posted by Gargantuan (1887 posts) -

  

#32 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1218 posts) -

The Great Dictator speech is even awesome-er with Inception music

#33 Posted by Jeust (10858 posts) -
#34 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -
@MysteriousBob said:

@Psykhophear: I didn't realise creatures without souls could give emotional speeches.

Do you ever fail to be a trolling asshole? Don't answer that. It's a rhetorical question. 
 
Anyway, mine is this: this is essentially the first time somebody has been willing to admit this in American politics in just about forever, that money needs to get out politics, and everybody is to fucking blame.  
#35 Posted by Example1013 (4807 posts) -

PROSPERO

You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,
To still my beating mind.
#36 Posted by SanjK (40 posts) -

I *heart* Jon Stewart.

#37 Edited by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Whether or not you agree with the political messages behind the speech(and the entire movie/comic, for that matter).. this is a damn good speech from an epic movie:

#38 Posted by snide (2413 posts) -

Horrible movie, but I always like Pacino's speech in Any Given Sunday.

#39 Posted by NeVeRMoRe666 (267 posts) -

Great speech and great speaker. Still get shivers.

#40 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

I'm also going with The Great Dictator speech. Honestly, I just now looked up the source because I've only heard it in this song. Pretty powerful stuff.

#41 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

@BlinkyTM said:

I thought it was cool that they had this on youtube. He gets really enthusiastic about stuff around 2:00.

no but seriously fuck that guy.

I've always been partial to the Emancipation Proclamation. Barely 2 minutes long and it's so elegantly written.

#42 Posted by Evenstar (61 posts) -

My favorite speech...hm... lets see for now it`s probably when Buffy talk to her sister befor she take her one life to save the world in seson 5 episode 22

The hardest thing in this world is to live in it!

#43 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address in 7th grade. That thing stayed attached to my mom's fridge for an additional seven years with a magnet. I couldn't figure out how it worked.

#44 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

MLK "I have a dream" As Claude says, gives you goosebumps everytime.

#45 Posted by Milkman (17320 posts) -

@NeVeRMoRe666 said:

Great speech and great speaker. Still get shivers.

Wow.

Online
#46 Posted by Village_Guy (2662 posts) -

Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

- Carl Sagan

#47 Posted by Deathshroud (371 posts) -

@liquidsword said:

Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

This was the first thing I thought about when I saw this thread. You beat me to it. Interesting about that movie. supposedly Chaplin sent a copy to Hitler. Later he rumor that he watched it twice.

#48 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

O'Brien torturing Winston in 1984. Funny that the person that posted this clip on YouTube quoted the line that has always stuck with me.

"Imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever."

Gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes when I listen to this in light of what the U.S. has come to and where it is going. When you have congress passing laws that allow for the military to indefinitely detain an American citizen without trial (new NDAA bill), then our country is already doomed. America itself has been declared a battlefield in the war on terror.They could say you are a terrorist sympathizer and you could just up and disappear forever. Hell, Obama has already authorized the successful murder of a U.S. citizen over seas (Anwar Al-Aulaqi).

#49 Posted by LiquidSwords (2738 posts) -

HAIL SAGAN!

#50 Edited by Deathshroud (371 posts) -

It's a small speech but can be emotionally powerful.