Inspirational speeches and essays

▫ John Green, Best-selling Author
▫ Kenneth Kosik, Professor of Neuroscience
▫ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Playwright and Composer
▫ Steven Spielberg, Movie Director
▫ Sheryl Sandberg, Businesswoman and Author
▫ Russell Wilson, NFL Quarterback
▫ Jason Kilar, Founding CEO of Hulu
▫ David Carr, NYT Columnist and Author
▫ Emir Kamenica, Professor of Economics
▫ Victor Hwang, Venture Capitalist
▫ Paul Hamer, Author and English Professor
▫ Sarah Heidt, Professor of English
▫ Garrison Keillor, Author and Radio Personality
▫ Maira Kalman, Artist and Illustrator
▫ Sheryl Sandberg, Technology Executive and Author
▫ Joyce DiDonata, Mezzo-soprano
▫ Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Co-founder
▫ Mindy Kaling, Comedian and Author
▫ Jay Leno, Comedian
▫ Martin Scorses, Movie Director
▫ John Legend, Singer and Songwriter
▫ Jennifer Lee , Screenwriter and Director, "Frozen"
▫ Mary Carillo , Sportscasters
▫ Jim Carrey , Actor
▫ Adm. McRaven , Naval Admiral
▫ Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer and Writer
▫ Sandra Bullock, Actress
▫ Drew Houston , Dropbox CEO
▫ Tracy Chevalier, Author
▫ George Saunders, Author
▫ Wade Davis, Anthropologist
▫ Jimmy Iovine, Music Producer
▫ Tim Minchin, Musician and Comedian
▫ Jonathan Safran Foer, Novelist
▫ Susan Sontag, Author, Professor, Filmmaker
▫ Billy Collins, Poet
▫ Lewis Black, Comedian
 

Organize your thoughts and information:  Once you’ve decided on the tone and done your research, you’ll need to organize your materials. The best way to do this is by creating an outline, which you can use to organize your thoughts. You can do this by hand or on a computer, but remember to be flexible. As you start to structure your eulogy you may find that some parts fit better in other places than you initially thought. Don’t be afraid to change your outline, or the whole tone of the funeral speech if you believe it would work better.

‘This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen, or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.’

In 1971, a year before she co-founded feminist magazine Ms, at the founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Gloria Steinem delivered an Address to the Women of America . It would soon be regarded as one of the most memorable speeches of the second-wave feminist era. What made her speech so powerful wasn’t just its attack on sexism, but its focus on the intersectional issues of racism and class.

It might have been made over a century ago, but the maiden speech by FE Smith, the lawyer turned Conservative MP, is still considered the best ever made in the House of Commons. Despite the Tories having just suffered a landslide defeat, he took the fight to the new Liberal Government and poked fun at leading front benchers such as Lloyd George  -  teasing him for allegedly saying that if the Tories got into power, they would introduce slavery on the hills of Wales. When Lloyd George denied saying such a thing, Smith quoted him verbatim and observed drily: 'I have no means of judging how heaven will deal with persons who think it decent to make such suggestions.' At a time when party morale was low, he further cheered Tory hearts with his rousing closing words:

Inspirational speeches and essays

inspirational speeches and essays

It might have been made over a century ago, but the maiden speech by FE Smith, the lawyer turned Conservative MP, is still considered the best ever made in the House of Commons. Despite the Tories having just suffered a landslide defeat, he took the fight to the new Liberal Government and poked fun at leading front benchers such as Lloyd George  -  teasing him for allegedly saying that if the Tories got into power, they would introduce slavery on the hills of Wales. When Lloyd George denied saying such a thing, Smith quoted him verbatim and observed drily: 'I have no means of judging how heaven will deal with persons who think it decent to make such suggestions.' At a time when party morale was low, he further cheered Tory hearts with his rousing closing words:

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