Acres Of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

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By Russell H. Conwell

Russell Herman Conwell was once an American Baptist minister, legal professional, author, and awesome orator. he's most sensible remembered because the founder and primary president of Temple college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for his lecture and booklet Acres of Diamonds .

Acres of Diamonds originated as a speech which Conwell introduced over 6,000 instances round the world.

The imperative suggestion of the paintings is that one needn't glance in other places for chance, success, or fortune -- the assets to accomplish all great things are found in your individual neighborhood. This topic is built by way of an introductory anecdote, instructed to Conwell through an Arab consultant, a couple of guy who desired to locate diamonds so badly that he offered his estate and went off in futile look for them; the recent proprietor of his domestic found wealthy diamond mine used to be situated correct there at the estate. Conwell elaborates at the topic via examples of good fortune, genius, carrier, or different virtues related to traditional american citizens.

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He is nothing but a puffed up balloon, held down by his big feet. There is no greatness there. Who are the great men and women? My attention was called the other day to the history of a very little thing that made the fortune of a very poor man. It was an awful thing, and yet because of that experience he--not a great inventor or genius--invented the pin that now is called the safety pin, and out of that safety pin made the fortune of one of the great aristocratic families of this nation. A poor man in Massachusetts who had worked in the nail works was injured at thirty-eight, and he could earn but little money.

Is that so? '' ``When there comes a great war, when we get 35 into difficulty through watchful waiting in Mexico; when we get into war with England over some frivolous deed, or with Japan or China or New Jersey or some distant country. Then I will march up to the cannon's mouth; I will sweep up among the glistening bayonets; I will leap into the arena and tear down the flag and bear it away in triumph. '' No, you won't. You think you are going to be made great by an office, but remember that if you are not great before you get the office, you won't be great when you secure it.

And if I had been there I would have yelled too, because he deserves much more of his country than he has ever received. '' and if the boys answer me, ``Hobson,'' they will tell me seven-eighths of a lie. There were seven other heroes on that steamer, and they, by virtue of their position, were continually exposed to the Spanish fire, while Hobson, as an officer, might reasonably be behind the smoke stack. You have gathered in this house your most intelligent people, and yet, perhaps, not one here can name the other seven men.

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