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By Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton

American Baptist minister and legal professional, Russell Conwell used to be the founder and primary President of Temple college 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 attaining luck exist in one's personal again backyard. That inspiring speech are available during this little quantity besides a brief biography of Conwell by way of Robert Shackleton and an autobiographical essay on his existence as an orator by means of Conwell himself.

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Some of them had gone to death under the shell-swept pines in the mountains of Tennessee, yet in the good man’s speech they were scarcely known. He did refer to them, but only incidentally. 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.

Then he gathered himself up with clenched fists and came back: “Fellow-citizens, we are Fellow-citizens, we are -- we are -- we are -- we are -- we are -- we are very happy -- we are very happy -- we are very happy. We are very happy to welcome back to their native town these soldiers who have fought and bled -- and come back again to their native town. We are especially -- we are especially -- we are especially. We are especially pleased to see with us to-day this young hero” [that meant me] -- “this young hero who in imagination” [friends, remember he said that; if he had not said “in imagination” I would not be egotistic enough to refer to it at all] -- “this young hero who in imagination we have seen leading -- we have seen leading -- leading.

Not because he is any the less brave, but because the laws of war require that. And yet he shouted, “I, with my shining sword -- “ In that house there sat the company of my soldiers who had carried that boy across the Carolina rivers that he might not wet his feet. Some of them had gone far out to get a pig or a chicken. Some of them had gone to death under the shell-swept pines in the mountains of Tennessee, yet in the good man’s speech they were scarcely known. He did refer to them, but only incidentally.

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