Favorite Speech?


For my public speaking class we need to find our favorite speech print it out and bring it in. I am not terribly well read in speech’s mostly just what you learn in history class or any speech Obama or Bush have given.

Just wondering if anyone has some specific favorite speech’s they could turn me onto. Thanks!


A speech doesn’t have to be political. Find one from your favorite movie.


Winston Churchill’s “blood, sweat, tears, and toil” address is a great one.


^^Good call. Haven’t given this much thought. I will really look into this now.


“I choose bimbos,” he said, launching into a speech. “Bimbos make me happy. Bimbos make me feel alive. Bimbos make me want to pretend to be a better man. This whole thing with Robin was just a fling, but, at the end of the day, my heart belongs to bimbos.”

Lily said it was just a defense mechanism because he didn’t want to let himself get hurt. She said, “You’re just confused.”

“Oh, I’m not confused, Lily,” he said. “You know who is confused? Bimbos. They’re easily confused. It’s one of the thousand little things I love about them. I love their vacant, trusting stares. Their sluggish, unencumbered minds, their unresolved daddy issues. I love them, Lily, and they love me. Bimbos have always been there for me, through thick and thin – mostly thin. B-man don’t do thick crust, What up?!”


the wolfpack speech from the hangover


i’d look at Al Pacino’s Peace By Inches from Any Given Sunday


herb brooks speech from the miracle. in the locker room when they are playing the russians. hands down my favorite speech


FDR second inaugural.


quenton cassidy’s speech in the bar in once a runner


Better (and more radical) idea: Eugene V. Debs’ statement to the court upon being convicted of violating the Sedition Act.

Or any Debs speech, really. They’re all excellent.


More Pacino



Damn socialist.

On a serious note:


on a lesser serious note



Lou Gehrig


William Henry Harrison’s 1st Inaugural.

The whole damn thing.


Yeah seriously Jimmy V



[INDENT]“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”




And really, any of Churchill’s speeches from 1940 (“so much owed by so many to so few”, “their finest hour”, “we shall fight on the beaches”) and his 1941 address at the Harrow school. I shall include the closing text here, because it is particularly memorable.


JFK Inaugural speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmiOEk59n8

Gettysburg Address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4bM9geY0do

Pericles’ funeral oration

Hamlet’s to be or not to be speech

Any of Quenton Cassidy’s speeches


Two good ones not yet mentioned: