Studying great speeches helps writers determine the pathos of a presentation, the emotional connection that speakers make with their audiences. Here are some sites to get you started:
- Nobel Prize website includes the Prize lectures of every winner who gave one. My favorites are the ones from the literature laureates.
- American Rhetoric, a worthwhile first stop for the best in political and legal presentations.
- History Place offers a bit more of an international selection.
- See what Time considers the best ten speeches of all time--wow, does it miss the mark by not including more from international sources.
- The best source, and once again Wiki wins, is this site, which crosses many centuries and nations.