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By Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton

American Baptist minister and attorney, Russell Conwell used to be the founder and primary President of Temple collage who's most sensible remembered for his speech, "Acres of Diamonds", within which he places forth the concept that one don't need to glance somewhere else for chance, yet particularly all of the assets for reaching luck exist in one's personal again backyard. That inspiring speech are available during this little quantity besides a brief biography of Conwell through Robert Shackleton and an autobiographical essay on his existence as an orator by way of Conwell himself.

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Did the nation owe him anything? No, nothing then and nothing now. Why was he the hero? Simply because that man fell into that same human error -- that this boy was great because he was an officer and these were only private soldiers. Oh, I learned the lesson then that I will never forget so long as the tongue of the bell of time continues to swing for me. Greatness consists not in the holding of some future office, but really consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.

30 RUSSELL H. CONWELL ACRES OF DIAMONDS The hero of the hour was this boy. Did the nation owe him anything? No, nothing then and nothing now. Why was he the hero? Simply because that man fell into that same human error -- that this boy was great because he was an officer and these were only private soldiers. Oh, I learned the lesson then that I will never forget so long as the tongue of the bell of time continues to swing for me. Greatness consists not in the holding of some future office, but really consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.

RUSSELL H. CONWELL ACRES OF DIAMONDS of it, because he assumed an “elocutionary” attitude. He rested heavily upon his left heel, threw back his shoulders, slightly advanced the right foot, opened the organs of speech, and advanced his right foot at an angle of forty-five. As he stood in that elocutionary attitude, friends, this is just the way that speech went. ” That would be impossible. But I am here for the lesson and not for the story, and this is the way it went: “Fellow-citizens -- “ As soon as he heard his voice his fingers began to go like that, his knees began to shake, and then he trembled all over.

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