It is well known that communication with the masses has been of utmost importance for a person to be a leader and make an impact. Not many excel and master the art of oration, yet some in the history were able to master it and we present you with some of the best speeches of all time given by these great orators. In order to come up with the list we have considered style, substance and impact as key factors in order to identify the best among many.

So what is a good speech?

A speech is considered good if it was able to make an impact among the masses by delivering some good content in an impeccable style in order to make a change. So now without any delay lets dwell into our list of some of the best speeches of all time.

Mahatma Gandhi “Quit India” 1942:

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi

While the entire world was busy fighting the war for supremacy and freedom, India was busy fighting for their own land and liberty. Mahatma Gandhi indeed a good orator, his impact can be clearly seen as he is able to convince millions of Indians to fight for freedom in a non-violent way: For almost a century, India had been under the direct rule of the British crown, and many Indians had had enough.

Mahatma Gandhi and the National Indian Congress pushed for a completely non-violent movement aimed at forcing Britain to “Quit India.” Gandhi, the pioneer of the tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience, called for their use on August 8, 1942, with the passing of the Quit India Resolution demanding complete independence from British rule. He is a great orator considering he was able to free Indians from the British.

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Martin Luther King: “I have a dream’’

Martin Luther King is a definitive name that strikes our minds when we talk about the best speeches of all time, he lead a march on Washington monument for freedom and jobs which attracted a huge amount of support from the Public; indeed he was the first one to voice the struggles and issues of the black Americans. One can definitely say that his skills with the words were one of the best of the generation. His oratory skills were one of a kind in the history. The speech had such an effect that in 1963. Time magazine awarded him with the man of the year title and he even went on to win the Nobel peace prize in the year 1964, he was the youngest person ever to be awarded this honor. That speech did change his life, that is the kind of effect a speech can have on one’s life.

A small excerpt from his speech would be:

‘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.’

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Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King

Malala Yousafzai

This Pakistani activist for the rights of women education was fortunate enough to have survived an attempt of assassination by a terrorist group. This leads her to open up to the new world of opportunities in a fearless manner, she later went on to set up Malala fund for the education of women. She was awarded a Nobel peace prize for her work in the year 2014 in which she gave a really inspiring speech for one and all. She is a ray of hope for the people who suffer any kind of atrocities and she reckons them that they are not alone.

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Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

One must say being the first black president of America this guy definitely possessed some serious skills of oration, indeed he went on to prove that his skills were impeccable by serving 2 terms as the president of the USA. Inspired from Luther King's mission he found himself as president at the age of 47. One of the best excerpt from his speech would be:

‘America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?’

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Ellen DeGeneres

This lady definitely has some serious strength when it comes to speaking and expressing one’s self. She is famous for being the host of a TV show named after her in which she never fails to tickle the funny bones of people. She has a wide range of celebrities coming on her TV show as guest ranging from Gordon Ramsay to Michelle Obama. She has openly spoken about her sexuality in such an open and convincing way, definitely, this lady could do wonders with the words.

She is a must watch as she has an immaculate way of conveying a message in a funny way, I assure you that you will end up laughing hard when you listen to her.

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Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres

Oprah Winfrey

Being born to a single mother who was a teen, she was one among few celebrities who publicly spoke about the atrocities faced by them during the childhood like molestation and bullying. Her story from birth to becoming a powerful figure in the media circles, actor, entrepreneur, and a global celebrity is nothing less than a miracle. Being a woman and a black American she again proves that one can accomplish their dreams irrespective of the odds against them.

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Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Steve Jobs

One of the most influential and well known person of the 20th century, Jobs life was nothing less than a roller coaster ride he has seen many ups and downs of life and went on to inspire millions of lives. His speech at Stanford in the year 2005 titled “Stay hungry stay foolish” was one of the best in the century where he addressed group of fresh graduates on their convocation at Stanford. He went on to address the crowd from his experiences of life he began with him dropping out of the school, finding out what he loved and so on. This is a must watch speech for one in order to make the most of their profession and their life.

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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

His speech named “I am prepared to die”, was against the racial discrimination in the African continent. His speech was so powerful that he was sentenced to a life term in prison about one and half month after this speech. His speech caught the attention of not just Africans but from people across the world, he later went on to become the President of the country. He used some striking sentences like “Im a black man in a white mans court” and “I'm prepared to die” which evoked a mass response among the recipients.

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These were the some of the best according to us out of many incredible speeches given in the latest century, let's take some inspiration from them and work towards making a world better place for the generations to come.


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