Gaurav Gujral

Student - B.E - Computer Engineering, Vigil Monitoring

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What is the most inspiring speech you have heard?

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

This speech was made by Charlie Chaplin in his movie 'The Great Dictator' and it has always inspired me since I first saw it. So my question to you all is this: What speech have you heard or a talk you have seen on TED that inspires you to be a good person or gives you a brighter outlook on life?

PS: A link to the speech/talk would be appreciated if possible.

Closing Statement from Gaurav Gujral

Thanks everyone for the great links, its been a blast looking at all these speeches and getting the chance to share some of the talks that inspire me has been great.

So once again, thanks :)

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    Sep 27 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M
    The pale blue dot-Carl Segan
    Just a reminder that earth is the only home we have for now..
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    Sep 27 2011: "The World As I See It" -Einstein
    Brilliant!
    http://www.chaoticfate.com/2011/04/world-as-i-see-it-albert-einstien.html
  • Sep 26 2011: Randy Pausch, Last Lecture.

    http://www.cmu.edu/uls/journeys/randy-pausch/index.html
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      Sep 26 2011: It was an amazing lecture, he must have had a LOT of courage to be able to speak so freely about his condition. He is actually one of the main reasons I got into programming, it was a very sad day when he passed away :(
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    Oct 13 2011: Recently saw this movie called Invictus (presumably named after the poem below by William Ernest Henley)

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    In the movie Morgan Freeman plays as Nelson Mandela. During his Incarceration he was so inspired by this poem that he wrote it on a piece of paper and kept it n his prison cell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FozhZHuAcCs is the scene from the movie where it is recited.
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      Oct 14 2011: Guarav,

      An excellent choice!

      These words speak to Mandela's (and, of course, Henley's) clarity of understanding the shared experiences of personal and universal. Specifically: the dynamics all can -- and often do -- encounter at the ends of a continuum of human vulnerability and intrinsic human dignity and power. As crystallized in this sentence:

      "Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed."

      Note how it anchors and punctuates the first half of the poem while it sets the stage for second.

      And, as it does invites the readers' to see something of themselves in the words. It goes on to build and catalyze the reader's awareness and acceptance of ones capacities to lead themselves, even when circumstance, chaos and stifling conditions seem to conspire against one's attainment of self- and soul strength.

      Andrea
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      Oct 14 2011: This poem by William Ernest Henley is exceptional !!Thank you for the written form. Invictus is a great movie !!
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      Oct 16 2011: I loved it too, Gaurav. I loved the whole message of that movie. Thanks for reminding me!
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    Sep 30 2011: Hi Gaurav - I was going to say MLK's speech but since someone already did, I will offer a different one.

    The man who gave the following speech was not a famous man. " Every day strive to learn and be the best that you can be. Believe in yourself. Do the best you can do. Only do the things that help people -as many as you can- and every time you have to choose between showing that you are better than /smarter than or being kind, always choose to be kind." This speech to me from my father when I was six left the most indelible mark.

    Now, thanks to you Gaurav, I got to watch Charlie Chaplin's speech for the first time in my life. And will watch again and again. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo). And I remember that my father was a huge fan of his.

    I will watch everyone else's suggestions too. You inspired a good resource by asking this question.Thank you.
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      Oct 1 2011: Thanks for the speech Juliette, your dad sounds like a great guy :) I think that quote is something all people should aspire to live by.

      And I'm glad I got more people to watch Charlie's speech. I still watch it almost everyday at least once, and probably will keep doing so until I have completely memorized it and taken it to heart. I'm glad more people are posting what inspires them. As Andrea mentioned below, with so many videos on the net it would take a LOT of time to sort through all of them for the truly inspiring ones. So with this conversation I thought I could see what inspires other people and if I could draw similar inspiration from those speeches as well :)
  • Sep 30 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOE1HFEL8XA

    This a Ted talk although I could only find it on youtube. The link is above and I hope that you like the video...
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      Sep 30 2011: Ohhh! Yes, I do remember this talk and it is very valuable!
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      Sep 30 2011: You betcha . . . I want a few of those colored circles in my sphere. I have great hope in algorithms and those that write them. Our new investigative journalists.
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      Oct 1 2011: I remember this talk too, was quite an eye opener. I couldn't really decide whether it was a good thing that they were filtering out items that I wouldn't normally look at or whether I should be angry that it could be filtering out think I might have wanted to see but will never know about because it didn't come up in the links.
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      Oct 2 2011: Really awesome, so glad i looked at it!
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    Sep 28 2011: This might not be exactly the 'most inspiring' but it is a candidate for most profoundly practical and hopeful. I got an email notification of this TEDx talk this morning. I fear that many will not see it because it is a TEDx rather than a TED so many might not realize that it is available. It has all the polish and impact of a TED talk.

    It is called Roses in the Concrete: It tells how to save kids in communities with high murder rates.

    http://youtu.be/2CwS60ykM8s
  • Sep 28 2011: Two came to mind imediately for me:The Sunscreen speech from Baz Lurhmans version Romeo and Juliet http://www.links2love.com/lyrics_baz_luhrman_sunscreen_speech.htm I still get shivers from it.And Al Pacinos pre game speech from Any Given Sunday.http://youtu.be/01g3B8ds0uMThat these are both from movies, is a little disconcerting for me as it isn't MLK or Churchill. But they still move me now after many years.And the Randy Pausch is something special.
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      Sep 28 2011: That sunscreen speech was.. interesting.. It was quite random but so full of great advice. I would definitively recommend it to my friends and thanks for sharing it :)

      Edit: Just watched the second vid. One word man: Wow.
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    Oct 20 2011: The most inspiring one is the speech Steve Jobs gave back in 2005 at Stanford.

    In addition, I really like Rocky Balboa's speech
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Z5OookwOoY

    Dennis.
  • Oct 20 2011: I became a regular visitor of TED.com ever since I saw Pranav Mistry's talk on 6th Sense. Other than that, I also like Jeff Bezos's speech about 'being kind and being clever/smart'. Sir Ken Robinson's talk about creativity in schools is also thought provoking and I enjoyed it to the hilt. Recently, I saw Bunker Roy's video on the Barefoot College...really inspiring act...!

    Steve Job's speech too is great and has given me a new perspective of understanding the present.
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      Oct 21 2011: I loved the talk on sixth sense :) so innovative
  • Oct 20 2011: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
  • Oct 17 2011: Actually I've gotten familiar with ted recently, but in this short period I think the google computer engineer lecture that was about ' try to be a different person for 30 days' has been the most inspiring ted's speech.
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    Oct 17 2011: Hi Gaurav, Everyone, this is the speech presented in this question written out ( its in two segments);

    “I am sorry, I don’t want to be an emperor, thats not my business, I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone, I shall help everyone if possible, Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. The good Earth is rich. And can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.

    Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has given us want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness is hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness, and gentleness. Without these qualities life will be violent. And all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us together. The very invention of these cries out for the goodness in men. Cries out for universal brotherhood. For the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world. Millions of despairing men, women and little children. Victims of a system that makes men torture. And imprison innocent people.

    For those who can hear me, I say do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is nothing but the passing of greed. The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators die. And the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. "
  • Oct 15 2011: I better remind u of a movie, I think cud be very inspiring(though not a speech)" LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL"
    it's one of my best( inspiring) movie.
    It's a 'must-watch-movie'
  • Oct 8 2011: actually the speech that inspires me most is not one speech but a collection of them

    but otherwise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR5m1-5ksj0 by JFK is the best .
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      Oct 9 2011: WOW! I had never heard this! This is so needed today! WOW!
  • Oct 7 2011: Currently the speech Steven Jobs gave to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford This is more then a speech this is a map to life. Amazing man so much wisdom
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      Oct 9 2011: This speech seems to be quite popular among people. Cheers :)
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    Oct 7 2011: My contribution is the inaugural speech from Nelson Mandela
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grh03-NjHzc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  • Oct 4 2011: So many to choose from but I think I will go with Jimmy Valvano speaking at the ESPY Awards in 1993. Why? Because Coach Valvano was you, he was me, he was the guy you knew. He conveyed a simple concept and to quote Benjamin Zander, who has a TED Talk that might be my #2, "a possibility to live into". Coach V spoke about having a meaningful day, every day. To do that, everyone should do three things every day - you should laugh, you should think and should cry. If you do those three things every day, that's a heck of a day. I don't do it justice so here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoVM9nm42E
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    Oct 3 2011: Hi Guarav,

    I still have a lot of speeches to listen to....but here is one for your page from my search.
    I think every human wishes there was someone who has returned from death to tell us all how to live right.
    So here is one from TED which I find inspirational.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html
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    Oct 2 2011: Steve Jobs speech in Stanford 2005.
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    Oct 2 2011: Isabel Allende Tells Tales of Passion
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion.html

    (non-TED)
    and The Time Is Now speech by Leo Buscaglia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tth7BSQgt8&feature=player_embedded
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      Oct 1 2011: Wow, I also definitively recommend this video to anyone who is feeling down about their lives. This man is truly an example to live by. I don't think I've seen anyone who can face so many hardships with a smile on their faces and then turn around and encourage people to also do the same. I don't believe I have any words for this.

      Thank you so much for posting this mate :)
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    Sep 30 2011: Here is another brave speech. This is an Afghani woman who is speaking to Taliban leaders (subtitled). Her name is Malalai Joya.

    http://youtu.be/iLC1KBrwbck
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      Oct 1 2011: Wow, talk about bravery. I don't see why she had to be removed from the assembly for simply speaking her mind. As long as this kind of thing still happens I don't believe free speech can truly exist.
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    Sep 29 2011: This wasn't actually a speech, but a letter to our country, from one of our most prominent politicians, written two days before his passing. RIP Jack Layton http://news.sympatico.ca/SpecialReports/Jack-Layton/jack-layton-letter
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    Sep 27 2011: Gaurav,

    "I Have a Dream" by Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

    It is a rhetorical masterpiece layered with metaphor, meaning and alliterated echos of spiritual and political phrases that connect Americans from many different viewpoints and vantage points.

    I'm linking the second half of the speech, which I find most moving:. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=PQucZKToFXE

    The most inspiriting parts for me ---

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

    (...)

    "And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

    The speech was given on August 28, 1963.

    And a little trivia:

    In the video, you can experience Kings view from in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Beyond the masses of people the Washington Memorial stands tall. On August 22, 2011 the "Stone of Hope" statue of King was unveiled on the Mall (in advance of it's dedication on August 28). Stone of Hope is a phrase from the speech. The day after the statue was unveiled, an earthquake hit Washington D.C. cracking the Washington Memorial, which remains closed indefinitely.

    Andrea
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      Sep 27 2011: Its weird, I've heard so much about this speech and how its considered to be one of the best in the world that I myself started believing it yet never taking the time out to go and hear it. After watching the link you posted and then watching the full speech I can tell why people consider it to be one of the all time greatest speeches. Its truly an amazing speech and thanks for making me watch it :)
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        Sep 27 2011: Gaurav --

        Love that I "made" you watch MLK's "I Have a Dream." :-).

        Your response reminds me that sometimes it is best not to wait for someone to find something on their own. Hard for any of us to sort and filter all we are told to observe, view, digest, partake,etc. To isolate the truly powerful messages from the many that can fall short of life-critical.

        So --

        Many thanks for posting this opportunity to think, view and share. A wonderful way to connect all these important words and images. In a sense, we "re-express" them simply by sharing them, and as we do learn.

        So important for us all to listen to and see voices like Kings, and understand how they relate to our realities. The more we hear, the more we'll believe in the larger truths they transmit across human history about our needs and potentials to engage everywhere we can in acts that construct, not destruct, our shared humanity and worlds.

        Andrea
    • Sep 28 2011: Andrea
      This was my favorite speech also, thanks for the link, there was a lot of information on it.

      James
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    Sep 26 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGiI-MuTWf0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U-CRhnDyK8&feature=share

    Two things that I think are worth seeing and I'm most grateful to my friends for bumping into them (no matter how hard it was to accept the thought).
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      Sep 27 2011: Silvia . . . this combination of clips was most good.
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        Sep 27 2011: Thanks Lynn. :) I always appreciate your feedback! The concept of death is a bit scary, though I admit, still worth exploring.
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      Sep 28 2011: Loved how the movie clip ended.. spine chillingly awesome :)
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    Sep 24 2011: Here is another child with great courage and an important message.

    http://youtu.be/TQmz6Rbpnu0
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      Sep 24 2011: Nice speech, very thought provoking. Got to admire the girl's courage standing in front of so many people and giving such a bold speech.
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      Sep 26 2011: :) Such a great example!
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    Sep 24 2011: Dear dear Gaurav, Tomorrow is my birthday and I have never been given a more inspiring gift than this. Thank you for bringing this speech by Charlie Chaplin to my attention. I have never seen it before and it captures the cry of my heart. I will be posting it on my blog and sharing it with friends. I still have time to formulate a birthday wish that this speech will come true in my lifetime! Thank you, Thank you!
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      Sep 24 2011: First things first.. Happy Birthday!!
      Secondly, I'm glad you liked the speech so much. I posted it up so that other people would find the same inspiration that I did and pass it around. Coming from such and old film, not many people know about this speech and I'm trying to make more well known again.
      All in all, I hope you have a great birthday and best of luck to you in the future :).
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        Sep 24 2011: You are doing a good thing. Thanks so much for your kind wishes!
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    Sep 23 2011: Even though I am Canadian and not American, this one is pretty inspiring. This version is delivered not be the original speaker but by the generation who is benefiting from that speech.

    http://youtu.be/e8_1NYYKixM
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    Oct 22 2011: i was really inspired by Jobs and his speech in Stanford. During listening from time to time i recognized my own thoughts but something was absolutely new. In fact, many expressions from this speech should be written somewhere to the book of wisdom (if it exists). I am so thankful to Steve for sharing
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      Oct 22 2011: Seems to me that Job's speech at Stanford is a top pick for a lot of people. Can't blame them really, its a great speech :)
  • Oct 18 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yViM_LyPx6E&feature=related#t=46s

    John Pilger is an amazing, marvelous and a wonderful documentary maker.
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    Oct 17 2011: (Continued)
    Soldiers don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty. In the seventeenth chapter of St Lucas is written ” the kingdom of God is within man, not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men, in you, you the people have the power. The power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful. To make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let us use that power, let us all Unite. Let us all fight for a new world, a decent world, that will give men a chance to work, that will give you a future, and old age a security.

    By the promise of these things brutes have risen to power but they lie, they do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise, let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers. To do away with greed with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason. A world where science and progress will lead to all mens happiness.

    Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite. “ Charlie Chaplin
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      Oct 17 2011: Thanks for that! I should have thought of writing it out lol >.
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        Oct 17 2011: My pleasure. You have done so much more by creating this page, it has been a great learning tool. I thought it be nice to have the written format for future readers ( including myself who will refer back to this page in the future again ;-)
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      Oct 20 2011: Wow, I thought I was the only one who love that movie...It was his first Talkie as they use to say : D
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        Oct 21 2011: Haha you're not alone mate. That was a classic movie :)
  • Oct 15 2011: Terence McKenna: Culture is not your friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYB0VW5x8fI
  • Oct 15 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1GWBB7qrBA You might like this one
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    Oct 13 2011: I watched a video called Stop the Insanity that featured clips including the Charlie Chaplin speech. It is mesmerizing and a must watch... http://youtu.be/hSLFeJYIw4E
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    Oct 12 2011: Still watching your wonderful suggestions Gaurav and everyone;
    An inspiring speech in terms of love for humanity:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jessica_jackley_poverty_money_and_love.html
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      Oct 13 2011: I LOVE that talk. I remember when I first watched it I was soooo moved. I think I've watched it ~7 times since then. Great speech :)
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    Oct 12 2011: My all time favourite TED clip is the one by Jessica Jackley on the origins of Kiva.org the microlending website. I love her heart behind the idea, and the alternative way to alleviating poverty- check it out!

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jessica_jackley_poverty_money_and_love.html

    PS. Making Kiva loans are addictive!
  • Oct 11 2011: well there are several. benjamin zander is great and he has a few beautiful things to say. it gave me the most elegant freedom and most relevant too. shining eyes. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html.
  • Oct 11 2011: this is my favorite speech :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV77slDToMc
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      Oct 11 2011: I watched this video, Eric. TED deletes comments that violate their terms of use, which includes blatant self promotion or spam, and sometimes this is a fine and difficult line to determine. This video is posted by ivoteforronpaul, and is not one speech, but a speech by JFK with Ron Paul woven throughout. It appears to be JFK at first, and Ron Paul shows up unexpectedly after one is into it a bit. I'm sure it seemed like spam, which I think you can understand as we embark upon a presidential election year.. This is surely one of those fine line moments for TED administrators. That said, it is certainly likely you are deeply inspired by this video, and by Ron Paul. I'd love to know what others think about this, and the fine line that exists for TED in this case.

      Personally, I don't know if threatening TED is all that cool...they are never ill intentioned.
  • Oct 11 2011: They failed forward...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=hzBCI13rJmA
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      Oct 11 2011: I totally agree with the message from that: "If you have never failed, you have never lived".

      Cheers :)
  • Oct 11 2011: Al Picino's locker room speech in Any Given Sunday is an inspiring piece of work. Well written...well delivered...a great commentary on life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk
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      Oct 11 2011: He is an amazing speaker... I wonder who wrote the speech though
  • Oct 10 2011: this is best speeches ever all combined (best clip ever it was removed from youtube !!many times over !!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV77slDToMc
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    Oct 10 2011: A recent TEDTalk inspired me the most was Thandie Newton: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself. It was significant for me because so far, I found myself very difficult to advocate the benefits and enlightening experience of losing "self" when it comes to live with people harmony in this country. As a person who was grown up in Asia for most of my life, I thought that showing the concept of "selflessness is a profoundly enriching experience" is hard. Not to mention, being appreciated by living with that concept will be harder owing to the difference between the philosophy of the eastern and the western society. However, her talk proved that there are people who even live in the western societies appreciate the concept. After the talk, I just realized that I was somehow dichotomous in a way exclude a philosophy of the east and that of the west. I learned that I should try harder to deliver what kind of beautiful and truthful concepts people can share from any place of the world.
  • Oct 7 2011: The speech that has inspiered me greatly is Steve Job's. His" How we live before we die" impressed me tremendously
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    Oct 7 2011: I am a geek so I'd have to honestly say my most inspiring speech was given by Jim Raynor, near the end of Starcraft 2. It was fictional but very uplifting.
  • Oct 7 2011: At our yearly company conference we had a young speaker aged 33 called Hein Wagner who has been blind from birth.

    What this young man has achieved to date is amazing. His absolute joy at being alive and using his 4 senses to its fullest is inspiring.

    He is a motivstional speaker and had us enthralled and rolling with laughter. One of the funnest things he had to say was that he has seen stars and this happened to him when he did not listen to his guide dog and waked into a pole.

    He begged us to sue all of our fin=ve senses to find out what we love doing and proceed to do that. Why wait?
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      Oct 9 2011: Very true advice, thanks :)
      • Oct 10 2011: Thanks especially as my typing was a bit deslexsic.

        Just to add to this young mans achievements; he takes part in cycle races and holds a land soeed record for driving a car. You should have seen the clip on how he and a seeing navigator accomplished this. They used a numbering system where 5 meant you were driving stright and 4 to 1 meant you were moving off to the left and 6 to 10 meant moving off to the right. It was truely amazing. I cannot remeber exactly what the record was but it was over 320km per hour.

        He made me feel humble and started me thinking that I really must "face my fears" and do it anyway with immedaite effect.

        So at the cinference when they wanted all of us to volenteer to walk over coals we did it (hooray) and I personally came to the realization that most of my fears are "in my head" (just like the fear of walking over coals) and are only present in my life because I entertain them.

        So, I am moving in the right direction to get my life on track to do what I love and not what I must to earn a living.

        Regards

        Yvonne
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    Oct 7 2011: I viewed the "speech" given by Charlie Chaplin in "The Dictator" and liked the emotion of it very much - but the actual video footage left something to be desired. There was a definite agenda to the footage/photographs and it felt too much like political propaganda.

    Charlie Chaplin, though, was a virtuoso.
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      Oct 7 2011: Remember the time frame, Jim. He was trying to fight the Nazis before it was fashionable.
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        Oct 7 2011: Debra - Who was? Chaplin? My only small concern was with the video at 3:00 minutes while Chaplin was speaking about the destructiveness of dictatorships the footage showed every US president from Nixon to Obama and it just felt like the implication was that the US form of government over the last 50 years has been one of dictatorship. It could be acused of a lot of things, but a dictatorship is not one of them , I think.

        The speech itself it beautiful, powerful, timely.
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          Oct 7 2011: Oh Yes, Jim, I was referring to the Chaplin speech itself and setting it in its time frame in history. I tend to listen with my TED window or other windows open so I might have missed the imagery.
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      Oct 10 2011: You've probably already seen it but here's the real version, Jim. In my opinion, far more powerful and touching; Chaplin's performance is out of this world. I hadn't seen those images either and maybe it's just the performer in me speaking now, but it annoys me a little when people do that kind of thing; why not give their own speech instead?

      http://youtu.be/QcvjoWOwnn4
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        Oct 12 2011: Helena - thank you! Really astounding... Have you seen Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot"? If not, check it out on YouTube.
    • Oct 12 2011: Best speech ever i have to agree
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    Oct 6 2011: I found the Last Lecture speech by Randy Pausch very inspiring and touching.

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
  • Oct 3 2011: The most inspiring speech, I ever heard, was from my Mom.
    This woman, has been thru so much. Yet, she took the time, to tear me a new one.
    Other than that, I would say, my Grandma. The last time I saw her, she was in a nursing home.
    She had Alzeimers, (yea, spell check!) This woman, also tore me a new one. She thought I was pretty but could not remember me. YET, this woman, tore me a new one. It must be a woman thing!? I love Charlie Chaplin! He never gave a speech, that inspired me. Good question, two thumbs up!!
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      Oct 4 2011: Hi Tishe, I 'd like to know this speech.
      • Oct 6 2011: Hi Jullette,
        I have been thinking about this, a lot! It's hard to repeat it but I will keep it short.
        My mom, basically got in my face and told me.
        You are smart, you are beautiful and intelligent. You have the world by the balls.
        IF you don't smarten up. The only thing you will have in this world, is the dirt of this world, covering you up, in your coffin. Does not compare, to the heroic speeches, of the names being brought up. It is still the most inspiring to me. With Respect to ya!
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          Oct 6 2011: Hi Tishe,

          I am so glad you told me this now. Years ago I would have been thrown off by the words and ran away missing the precious message inside. What is remarkable is that it pinned you on the good track for life!! I love that you shared it with us. Thank you.
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    Oct 2 2011: Here is the speech Obama gave in response to the "Revernd Wright" issue during his candidacy for presiden t in 2008.

    For me, this speech, apart from it's rhetoric, touches on themes that are crucial to our growth as a nation and as a people. It appeals for the absolute need to engage in mature, coonstructive conversations, the value of concensus and compromise in a democratic society, and the need for love, compassion and empathy towards those who are different from us.

    Obama will remain an important voice in the world long after his presidency is complete. He is a great man, a great husband, a great father, and a visionary leader and thinker the likes of which does not come around often.

    http://youtu.be/zrp-v2tHaDo
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      Oct 2 2011: Hey Jim, Thank you for submitting this link. I just listened to your President speaking such hope, such practical wisdom and leadership in this speech. A man who thinks in such a balanced way is THE hope for not just America but for a lot of the world's problems.

      His refusal to disown Rev. Wright while still condemning the parts of his thinking that were outdated and inflammatory, is evidence of a great spirit and integrity that reaches out to the unlovely parts of America itself and it is a promise from his character to never abandon his nation, his people, his hope for the future.

      As a Canadian following American politics it is clear to me that Obama's policies fit into the category of moderate Republican and the obstructionists who are bent on defending some out dated polarization of people are not just hurting Obama but they are hurting the men, women and children who make up America.

      While Obama did not have a magic wand, and while the problems he has faced in his term are monumental, history will judge his adversaries very badly. It will not condemn him. I hope the obstructions can live with selling not only America but the world economy down the tubes. The excess of Wall St. did not happen on Obama's watch, he was left to clean up the mess. The war was not his, he was left to clean up the mess. Will history judge the first black president harshly for bending his back to the clean up duties while the other politicians emptied the trash cans on the floor "to help him"? I think not.
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        Oct 2 2011: I always wonder if others hear what I hear in Obama's messages - Know I know at least you do!

        Yes, "obstructionist" is the right term for the group that is, in essence, bullying him in particular and his administration in general. It's a real shame what politicians can get away with in the name of "politics" that in any other arena would be criminal. Critics remind us that he promised change and that he has not delivered - the same people who obstruct every effort he makes. But he remains focused.

        This speech was one that he made after weeks of humiliating, unfair criticism. He has been an exemplary model of what we want/need from our leaders. In spite of the overwhelming obstructionist opposition to his efforts he in fact has accomplished an impressive amount, given what he was handed upon entering office.

        And you are absolutely right about those who are dedicated to making him fail when you say, "[they] are not just hurting Obama but they are hurting the men, women and children who make up America.

        Like I said, I think he will continue to play an important role long after he finishes his presidency by helping to lift our world into the next millennium . I'm looking forward to this election season b/c it will provide a platform for Obama to recap what has happened (and not happened) in the past 3 years and why.

        Change is a monster of a thing. It almost always scares, hurts and brings out the demons. But change is good; not ever easy, not ever fast, but worth the effort.
  • Oct 1 2011: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.
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    Sep 30 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep74MqbXEWU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKcC_Yqz

    This is the speech which inspired the generation of my father, youths of that time, this the speech that moved majority of 75 mio people of Bangladesh in 1971 , this the speech which lead to birth of a nation,this the speech that inspired millions to fight a heroic fight against all medivial tyranny , this the speech which I heard several times as a kid and was inspired still I am........... being very old the real power of voice is missed a bit (first one better in voice quality, 2nd has English translation though voice quality lost it's power )
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      Sep 30 2011: Salim! This is another time that I regret so deeply not being able to speak in someone else's language. Is there any source that I might be able to read a translation of this speech?
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        Sep 30 2011: Hi Debra , thanks for your interest
        Please check the second link that I added later , the translation is not up to the mark from my perspective but can get a bit of idea....His voice was mesmerizing, selection of words full of emotion for his people.......people fought for him, people died for him and finally won freedom while he was jail for the whole time when my country experienced one of the biggest genocide of the world........
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          Sep 30 2011: I can't tell you how glad I am that we both have the opportunities we do here on TED. I will look forward to learning about a man who inspired a nation and you to such a degree.

          Addition: This speech was very moving. I also watched the David Frost interview with Mujib and especially in part to of the interview his deep passion for your people is so evident. So much for any people to deal with.
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        Oct 1 2011: It's my pleasure Debra for interest & obliged with your kind words.

        I still wonder , how he inspired the whole nation so immensely not only me as I was a mere kid. But knewpeople around me crying & getting determined to fight, ladies praying for his well being with rumours that Mujib is going to be hanged in jail of Pakistan while genocide was going on. With love people named him Bangabandhu (Friend of Bangladesh)

        After his tragic assassination in 1975 (it's the greatest shame for me as a Bengali !!! told this in one of your thread) , almost all major poet of Bangladesh wrote at least one poetry for him......... few years back in a BBC ran poll he was considered The Best Bengali in thousand years by people again. He was my superman of my childhood, teen age and beyond, later I knew definitely he was not an angel or superman but still he is one of my Role Models.....

        Here comes more footage
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-5HzJZmMHo&feature=related
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujHVAxQZuRc

        2nd one is a song by sung one of legendary singer of Bangladesh. It's comparatively recent song , others songs in his name were there in 1971 to inspired people who had been continuously facing fang of malicious genocide.

        This song says
        In a fine morning ,if could hear Bangabondhu is alive !!!
        Then world could get back a great leader
        We could get back our Father
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          Oct 1 2011: Thanks, I am enriched by knowing such a great spirit existed and was loved.
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      Oct 1 2011: Thanks so much for the speech Salim! I am one the ones fortunate enough to be able to understand what he is saying and its so moving. His word choice and timing is perfect and I can see why he is so loved.

      Thanks again for the speech mate :)
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        Oct 2 2011: You are most welcome Gaurav.
        Great to hear that you understand Bangla :)
        It's my pleasure..............
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      Oct 11 2011: It's been a while since I've heard this speech. Thank you so much for re-introducing it into my life!
  • Sep 29 2011: The best I've seen lately that allowed me some insight into the development of the web, that it is refreshing to know that the web is in its youth, that its growing pains are leading us to ask questions. This is the talk:
    What FACEBOOK and GOOGLE are Hiding from world.
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      Sep 30 2011: Jeremy, do you have a link for us? Thanks in advance.
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    Sep 28 2011: Inspiring speech:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk6_hdRtJOE
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      Sep 28 2011: I love all of them 3 and can't wait for his new project. :)
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    Sep 28 2011: Give me liberty or give me death!
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    Sep 27 2011: O and "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran. :)http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Prophet
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    Sep 27 2011: Paul Blooms origins of pleasure
    http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_bloom_the_origins_of_pleasure.html

    by the way his intro to psychology course from Yale university is online, if you like Psychology , this is one of the best things you can get , The best thing money can buy and yet it is free, at least last time I checked.
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      Sep 28 2011: Just watched the video, great stuff. Its things that you know about and act on subconsciously without giving it any real thought unless they are brought to your attention like he did during the presentation. Makes you think doesn't it? Should the history of the item REALLY matter when you can get another one that looks/performs exactly the same?
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        Sep 28 2011: that is one of the biggest issues in psychology right now , we like something only we know other people believe and think it is Good.

        I mean imagine winning a gold medal but being in the middle of a deserted island , who would want that ?

        We humans are really poor judges, i believe in that , I am a film maker and many times when I tell my friends to watch a movie or if did they how they feel , they resist or don't feel that great , but as soon as it wins an Oscar everyone is watching and enjoying it !!!!

        There a movie called Damned United , I saw it liked it recommend it to everyone, no body watched it.
        The Director of that movie made another movie called Kings Speech, won the oscar and the same people not only watched Kings speech but Damned United as well and enjoyed it
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          Sep 28 2011: True, I think that when most people go to see a movie or listen to a song, they go in with a mindset about how they expect it to be based on other people's judgement.

          For example, when I go to see a movie, I look at the reviews and see its score on rotten tomatoes etc to see if its worth watching. Sometimes its a good thing, especially with so many movies/songs being released that there simply isn't enough time to sample them all that you have to rely on the judgement of your peers, but other times I feel that if I had watched x movie without any preconceptions, I would have enjoyed it much more.

          All in all I'm trying to say that humans are very social creatures who are easily influenced by other people's opinions, especially in our day and age where its so easy to get other people's opinions on subjects via the internet. And then we try to conform our own experience of a movie/song to match that of other people.

          Ah, I'm rambling now.. I think I should go get some sleep.

          G'Night
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    Sep 26 2011: Gaurav, nice conversation man! Conversations like yours motivate me to revisit Ted. And really nice speech; and Charlie Chaplin was a good hearted man. May he RIP

    Check this last sermon by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/523/
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      Sep 26 2011: I remember this speech! Was followed up by the song 'Beautiful People', although I think I paid more attention to the song than the speech, don't think I understood what he was talking about at that age >.>
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    Sep 23 2011: ahh Charlie really hit the mark on that speech. Check out Majora Carter "Greening the Ghetto speech. Best TED talk I've seen.
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      Sep 24 2011: Just watched the video, pretty great speech :):
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    Oct 22 2011: Well, the conversation is coming to a close.. I think we had a pretty good run. Thanks to all those who posted, some great material there :)
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    Oct 22 2011: Prophet Muhammad's Last Sermon. I particularly like this part of the speech : "Do not therefore do injustice to yourselves"

    http://www.iium.edu.my/deed/articles/thelastsermon.html

    *In this case, I heard the speech from the local imam. ;)
  • Oct 21 2011: Leo buscaglia hands down.
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    Oct 20 2011: This speech was when Steve Jobs was 26 in 1982: When I first heard it, I was amazed at how unpolished and unconventional it was....It has some great insight and a interesting point of view.

    But what I like most..Was it was uncompromising creative and rather daring for a CEO at the time to address the public in such a way.

    http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/pagegen/brochure/p3.html
  • Oct 20 2011: "Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of Insight" is my favorite talk on TED. If you are at all interested on the brain or neurology you must hear it!!
  • Oct 18 2011: I´m 28 years old. I saw Alison´s talk 2 years ago, a few months after my very own hip replacement surgery. I could relate enormously and she inspired me to embrace it and make the best out of it... and keeps on doing so.
    Here´s the link:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/allison_hunt_gets_a_new_hip.html
  • Oct 18 2011: I'm sorry but I don't how to talk about this topic
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    Oct 16 2011: Most comprehensive and inspiring speech on human rights is the farewell sermon of Muhammad:
    Extracts from BBC documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGROFE1LnyY
    Extracts from the movie ' the Message': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FigeXL0zU0

    And the most recent and inspiring speech which is truly thought provoking is by Steve Jobs at Stanford University:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
  • Oct 15 2011: Many talks by J.Krishnamurti (1896-1986). I heard them on the radio, on videotape, and in person in Ojai, California.
  • Oct 15 2011: My speech to the graduation class:
    Go, Live, Become.
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    Oct 14 2011: Here is another one not from real life but from film which I found very inspiring....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo&feature=related
  • Oct 14 2011: Nick Vujicic, inspiring in many ways
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciYk-UwqFKA&feature=related
  • Oct 14 2011: Simon Synek How leaders inspire action thats my favorite TED Talk, its so complete it has eethos pathos logos y just love it and it actually inspire me. The only thing i dont like about this talk is that doesnt work in my country.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
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    Oct 13 2011: I had a chance to hear Ben Zander talk for about 90 minutes at a Schwab conference a number of years ago. Truly, one of the most amazing experiences of this type... He has also do a TED Talk... http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html
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    Oct 13 2011: I also love this FDR speech.. http://youtu.be/3EZ5bx9AyI4
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    Oct 12 2011: It made me learn what art can do for the world where I and our neighbors are "in a beautiful and fantastic way".

    JR's TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out
    http://www.ted.com/talks/jr_s_ted_prize_wish_use_art_to_turn_the_world_inside_out.html
  • Oct 12 2011: Speech of Steve Jobs at Stanford University
  • Oct 12 2011: Rocky Balboa - 'Who's got the right to....' from Rocky Balboa VI when Rocko is denied permission to fight in the ring after he has cleared the stipulated battery of tests....the fire and outburst scuttles quicker that the words!
  • Oct 12 2011: All time most moving speech I've seen is an animal rights one called "Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky" :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4&feature=mh_lolz&list=PL4B9F2C61ACD20779

    It's about an hour. I pretty much turned vegan on watching this! It's full of revelations about our diet, and about how "species-ist" we are in thoughts and behaviour toward animals.

    Videos like this have started a revolution in diet and attitude. The most I've learned/grown/changed in an hour of my life!
  • Oct 11 2011: also anything by Congressman Dr Ron Paul Presidential Candidate gets my thumbs up ... unlike TED he is for my unalienable rights!
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    Oct 11 2011: The most inspiring speech I've ever heard which my sound cliche considering his passing is from Steve Jobs.
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    Oct 10 2011: Most inspiring speech i ever heard was from my 9 year old son - though i dont take credit for it. He was listing the things he would do for the school if he was voted in. He had an idea to throw lollies into the crowd after the speech, i suspect as a type of sweetener or primer. The Teacher disallowed the throwing of sweets for OH& S reasons. I reckon it lost him votes. Point is the speech was inspiring and warming and fun.
  • Oct 9 2011: hum, George Carlin...on You have no rights.
  • Oct 9 2011: Jim Valvano's 1193 ESPYs Speech:

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3118760
  • Oct 8 2011: JFK's speech about secret societies and freedom of the press.
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      Oct 8 2011: Dear Random Chance, Is there any possibility of a link or of a reference? Thanks, it sounds interesting and I would like to read it or see it on Youtube.
      • Oct 10 2011: HI.
        Sorry about a slow response. Internet doesn't always work here.
        I recently just Googled it as "video JFK speeches" and then another day
        "video JFK secret societies".
        Sorry I don't have a URL for you but I just realized that URL may be a new exception
        to the English rule of "an" for a, e, i, o, u. Or maybe not. Let's see, I don't have an URL....
        Hmmm. What do you think?
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          Oct 11 2011: JFK new how to deliver a speech but he didnt write any of them did he. Not to say he didnt have his heart in it.
      • Oct 10 2011: i believe its the speech ( the jfk part) that i posted earlier and again in the compilation
        or maybe his inaugural speech
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      Oct 9 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces Did you mean this one?
  • Oct 5 2011: Hello Jullette,
    Would you like to know the speech, from my Mom or Grandma?
    The speech from my mom, came at the perfect time.
    The speech from my Grandma, came at a sad time. ( this woman, did not even know me, (she had Alzeimers) sp?
    Hey, Jullette,
    What is your "inspiring speech" ?? With Respect to Ya!!
  • Oct 4 2011: Ben Zander talking about the art of possibility.
    The talk was inspiring. . .and what moved me to tears was when he coached an amazing string quartet to play even BETTER, right before our very eyes.

    Incredible.
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    Oct 3 2011: A speech by Hubert Humphrey in the early 60's where he said, "If you think politics are dirty, get in there and clean it up..."
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      Oct 3 2011: I'd like to hear that Walter. Is there a link anywhere?
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    Sep 30 2011: The speech of John Brown before his execution for helping to free slaves from the tyranny of oppression. (Spoken by James Brolin). Profoundly moving! Such guts in the face of death and prejudiced amoral thought!

    http://youtu.be/i_-wNiyaWvY
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    Sep 28 2011: This isn't really a speech so I wasn't sure whether to post it or not, but its a song that has always inspired me. We used to sing this during singing assemblies back in intermediate school.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgcovIu3k9o&ob=av2e

    The world's greatest by R Kelly. Here's a small sample of the lyrics:

    "If anybody asks you who I am
    Just stand up tall
    Look 'em in the face and say
    I'm that star up in the sky
    I'm that mountain peak up high
    Hey, I made it
    I'm the world's greatest

    And I'm that little bit of hope
    When my back's against the ropes
    I can feel it
    I'm the world's greatest"

    Enjoy :)