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Friday, January 27, 2012

Best Speeches of All Time: Sports, Historical, Fictional, Inspirational, Motivational

History is often made and defined during great speeches.  Usually coinciding with events of historical proportions or inspiring circumstances, the best speeches of all time normally feature one or two quotes that the become known to the entire world.

Many of these public speakers use public speaking equipment necessary for a professional looking speech.  AmpliVox Sound Systems manufactures, designs, and sells lecterns, podiums, and portable pa systems for public speaking events.

Greatest Politician Speeches
1. Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address.  This is one of the most famous speeches by an American President and lasted just over two minutes.  Lincoln spoke on human equality and called the Civil War a struggle for a new birth of freedom in the United States.  Click here for video of speech A suggested product for Abraham Lincoln is the
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2. Ronald Reagan: "Tear Down This Wall!":  In June of 1987 Ronald Reagan stood in West Berlin, Germany and told the leader of the USSR (modern day Russia) to tear down the wall that separated East and West Germany.  Truly an inspiring moment.
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      3. John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address.

      The most famous line from this speech is, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what can you do for your country."
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      Click here to view the speech

      4. Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!"
      This speech was given in 1775 which no doubt helped play a part in the establishment of the United States of America.
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      5. Winston Churchill: "We Will Fight on These Beaches"

      Churchill gave this famous speech in 1940 to warn his country about how their part in World War II would escalate.
      Read the full text of this speech here.
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      6. Franklin D Roosevelt: "First Inaugural Address"
      The longest standing United States President said that "the only thing to fear is fear itself" in this memorable address.
      Read or Listen to this Speech Here.
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      1. Martin Luther King Jr: I Have A Dream.  This is highly regarded as one of the top ten speeches of all time.  During the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s King gave this speech that has one of the most recognized lines in any of the top motivational speeches which is, "I Have a Dream."
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        2. Socrates: Apology.  Socrates delivered this speech that has the message that human knowledge is woefully limited. Best Line: "The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways — I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows."

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        3. Ghandi: Non-Violence Speech. In 1919 Ghandi delivered his famous address on non-violence.

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        4. Jesus Christ: The Sermon on the Mount
        One of the most influential people to ever live gave this sermon that is a collection of his moral sayings and teachings.  He gave this in Galilee which is in northern Israel and is still today quoted both behind the church pulpit as well as in the public at large.

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        Motivational Speeches
        1. Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture, Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
        In 2007, College Professor Randy Pausch heard that he was terminally ill and decided to give a lecture on life lessons he had learned and give advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.  Because of the touching story and practical wisdom, this video immediately went viral.

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        2. Jimmy Valvano: Never Give Up
        The North Carolina State Basketball Coach found out he was terminally ill with bone cancer and gave this speech with the now famous tag line, "Don't Give Up.  Don't Ever Give Up."

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        3. Lou Gerhig: Retirement Speech
        In 1939, New York Yankee Star Lou Gehrig learned that he had a debilitating disease called ALS (now called Lou Gehrig's Disease) and gave this speech as a farewell to his beloved sport of baseball.  This is one of sports history's famous speeches and contains a very famous line, "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

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        4. Herb Brooks Miracle Speech
        Herb Brooks, the coach of "The Miracle On Ice" 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team gave inspiring speech to his players.

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        5. Knute Rockney: "Win one for the Gipper"
        In the 1920's Notre Dame Football Coach Knute Rockney rallied his team with this speech to play their hearts out for their ill teammate, nicknamed "the Gipper."   This is easily one of the Top 10 Speeches quoted during sports, usually by the losing team. Watch the video below:

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        Honorable Mention:
        In the Fictional Category: Mr. Bean's Speech on Whistler's Mother
        who is behind a lectern that looks much like the Large Top Acrylic Lectern by AmpliVox.