The search for timeless and insightful doesn’t have the same allure as the one for new and novel. And yet, the wise of every generation have said the same thing.
Below you can find transcripts of the great speeches, lectures, and talks of history that we find ourselves coming back to over and over again for their timeless knowledge. While the subjects of the talks are diverse, the common denominator that holds them together is a relentless focus on actionable insight, that is just as valuable today as when originally delivered.
The list is added to occasionally and deliberately.
Great Talks, Lectures, and Speeches of History
- Personal Renewal by John Gardner
- You and Your Research by Richard Hamming
- The Psychology of Human Misjudgment by Charlie Munger
- A Lesson on Elementary Worldly Wisdom by Charlie Munger
- Academic Economics by Charlie Munger
- Creative Thinking by Claude Shannon
- Solitude and Leadership by William Deresiewicz
- The Multidisciplinary Approach to Thinking by Peter Kaufman
- The Common Denominator of Success by Albert E. N. Gray
- The Danger of a Single Story Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carneige