“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I’m never gonna say, ‘I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will” – Nadiya Hussain, Great British Bake-Off Winner 2015.
Sometimes finding the right thing to say can be the most difficult thing to do. Most of us seize up and end up blurting out an unintelligible string of sentences that leave us feeling mortified afterwards. But for some, the art of speaking eloquently seems to come naturally, and with great poise and dignity we watch as they inspire us with their words.
- Audrey Hepburn wins Best Actress at the Academy Awards, 1954
Simple, short, and perfectly formed, Audrey Hepburn’s Academy Award acceptance speech will forever remain as on of the best. No hysterics, no drama, no calls for the protection of any particular personal cause. With her typical elegance Audrey Hepburn reminds us that she was only human too, and that sometimes, it’s just nice to be honoured.
2. Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize, 2014
Aged only 17, Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the prize and used her speech to attack governments and say she was proud to represent her country of Pakistan. To know that one so young can conjure such an impassioned speech is reassuring for the generation to come.
3. Graham Moore wins Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game at the Academy Awards, 2015
Graham Moore used his time on the Oscars stage to make what was by far the most memorable moment of the night when he spoke to and inspired millions around the world with his acceptance speech. “Stay different, and then when it’s your turn, and you’re standing on this stage, please pass the message to the next person that comes along.”
4. Martin Luther King Jr., from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, August 28th 1963
Without doubt one of the most famous public speeches of all time, Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech continues to inspire and influence, and remains one of the greatest turning points in world history.