A Truly Epic Speech.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 27, 2011
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“Do not despair.” A beautiful speech. I prefer the second video down, with the Inception soundtrack.

If you’re a grandma/pa, a teacher, a lover, if you like to dance, you love your dog or cat or goldfish or reading a book by a tree by a river, you’ll find these words and images stirring…in your heart. ~ ed.

The most Beautiful Speech…

…the Barber’s Speech from The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin, set against Hans Zimmer’s “Time” from Inception’s OST.

The idea of playing the two YouTube videos of the speech part of The Great Dictator with “Time” was something I found on 4chan, and I just edited them together to make it easier and faster to see how great the two go together.

This is old vs. new. The video is of Charlie Chaplin’s speech in “The Great Dictator” (1940), and the audio is the track “Time” by Hans Zimmer from the Inception OST.
The Great Dictator: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032553/

Inception OST: http://www.amazon.com/Inception-Hans-Zimmer/dp/B003ODL004


“One of the most important speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian…”



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “A Truly Epic Speech.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Linda Stanley Sewell profoundly moving…thank you

    Tashina Fielding awesome, could have done without the bombastic music in the background. The speech is powerful on it's own!

    Kai Coggin By far, this is one of the most beautiful and powerful speeches in movie history. Charlie Chaplin was a genius who laid a foundation of movies, on which the future of mankind could stand and remember their own Divinity.

    Danbo Thirstblood Awesome! Thanks for posting 🙂 Peace.

    Ana Steppenwolf Wonderful, thank you. "The kingdom of God is within you." How buddhist is that? 🙂

  2. slc816 says:

    Saw this awhile back. Makes it feel even more current. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePSqOsMskWQ&fe

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks for that, slc.

  4. jhon baker says:


  5. Karen Eliot says:

    Wonderful… but why oh why is the music so _loud_? Could barely hear Chaplin by minute 3:28 .


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  9. Stephanie says:

    I think that many of you will appreciate this video as well: http://youtu.be/Vzf6xE4zdpo