Sometimes life drags you down and you just really need something to pick you back up again. These moments of being under the weather are, for example, times when you feel bogged down and hopeless, unmotivated, or engulfed by sadness. Amazingly, words can make all those horrible feelings go away, especially when spoken by a truly masterful orator.
There have been moments in history where whole nations feel uneasy; but then some great leader delivers a powerful speech that lifts everyone’s spirits and sways their mentality, filling them with faith and pride. These amazing speakers bring about massive change in the world just with their words. Their speeches are so impactful that they resulted in completely revolutionizing whole countries. These speeches are anthems of inspiration that will leave you filled with positivity and motivation to conquer whatever may come your way!
If you are ever feeling like you can’t get motivated or can’t get rid of that nagging sadness, just watch and listen to one (or several) of these famous powerful speeches…you’ll be back on your feet and ready to face the world in no time! Or maybe you’re perfectly happy and just want to boost your inspiration higher or add a little more hope to your week, that works too. These speeches are so brilliant that their impactful words will resonate in your mind for days. Most of them literally brought tears to my eyes.
Address at the UN Youth Takeover, 2013
“Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
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Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2008
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”
Commencement Address at University of Pennsylvania, 2011
“If I’m going to fall, I don’t want to fall back on anything, except my faith. I want to fall… forward. At least I figure that way I’ll see what I’m about to hit. Fall forward.”
‘Your Elusive Creative Genius’ TED Talk, 2009
“Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Olé!” And if not, do your dance anyhow. And “Olé!” to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. “Olé!” to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”
Commencement Address at Maharishi University, 2014
“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.”
Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2013
“You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you. Theologian Howard Thurman said it best. He said, ‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’”
Martin Luther King
‘I Have a Dream’ Speech, 1963
“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
‘I Am Prepared to Die’ Speech, 1964
“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Commencement Address at Stanford University, 2005
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Commencement Address at Harvard Business School, 2007
“Still, I’m optimistic. Yes, inequity has been with us forever, but the new tools we have to cut through complexity have not been with us forever. They are new – they can help us make the most of our caring – and that’s why the future can be different from the past…The defining and ongoing innovations of this age – biotechnology, the computer, the Internet – give us a chance we’ve never had before to end extreme poverty and end death from preventable disease.”
Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2017
“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”
Election Victory Speech, 2008
“We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.”
Commencement Address at Tulane University, 2009
“Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”
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