- “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” George Orwell
- Jean-Paul Sartre said, « Words are loaded pistols. »
In the following video, a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt reads, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” The quote is a good reminder that leaders must be careful with their words—words can either hurt or heal. Words can inflame hatred or raise spirits. Used wisely, words can unleash the best in others
The video highlights historical and contemporary leaders whose powerful and inspiring voices triggered movements and inspired change.
Many speeches are available on You Tube, and I would recommend the following to illustrate the power of specch: Washington’s farewell, Lincoln at Gettysburg, Winston Churchill’s ‘We Shall Fight,’ Kennedy’s and Obama’s inaugural addresses, and also powerful speeches performed by young teens : Malala, Naomie Wadler, Severn Cullis
It is interesting to study what these speeches have in common to understand what made them so powerful. Aristotle’ s rhethoric on the art of persuasion: