Twelve inspirational speeches

Martin Luther King, Jr. (I have a dream) – 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UV1fs8lAbg

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-mlk-ihaveadream,0,36081.story

Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg Address) – 1863:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy-j7vMrUkI – (not recited by Lincoln himself, for obvious reasons)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address#Text_of_Gettysburg_Address

Winston Churchill (We shall fight) – 1940:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/speeches/speeches-of-winston-churchill/128-we-shall-fight-on-the-beaches – this transcript contains the full speech. For the part which is in the video, go to the second-last paragraph.

John F. Kennedy (Inauguration – Ask not what your country can do for you) – 1961:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20029030-503544.html

http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres56.html

Randy Pausch (Last Lecture) – 2007 <– personal favourite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/Randy/pauschlastlecturetranscript.pdf

Barack Obama (Don’t Tell Me Words Don’t Matter) – 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6NS9unm-OQ

Carl Sagan (Pale Blue Dot) – 1994:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmMUuR–Qvo

President Reagan (Farewell Address) – 1989:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKVsq2daR8Q

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29650

Steve Jobs (Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish) – 2005:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzoNZoiAbbA&feature=related

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/stay-hungry-stay-foolish-steve-jobs-speech-at-stanford/Article1-754153.aspx

Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Acceptance Speech – Why I Write) – 2006:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wKq9Ki22ms

Marc Antony/William Shakespeare (Eulogy at Caesar’s Funeral) – c. 1599:

http://crity2re.tripod.com/id1.html

Jawaharlal Nehru (Tryst with Destiny) – 1947:

http://www.svc.ac.in/files/TRYST%20WITH%20DESTINY.pdf

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