Acres of Diamonds

Acres of Diamonds

by Russell H. Conwell
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Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

Considered by many to be one of the finest speeches ever written, Acres of Diamonds offers a multitude of lessons about the rewards of work, education, and finding the riches of life in one's own back yard.

In an era when many Americans would pack public halls to hear speeches given by the greatest citizens of their day, Russell Conwell read his world-famous lecture hundreds of times, and used the income he earned delivering it to found a small seminary to train Baptist ministers. That school soon grew into Temple University, one of the first universities to offer affordable education to working-class Americans: it stands today as the most visible example of Russell Conwell's legacy and vision.

There are a multitude of gems to mine from Russell Conwell's words, no matter what your walk of life. Acres of Diamonds remains a significant—and inspirational—lesson about where the true riches of life may be found.

Author Biography: Russell Conwell (1843-1925) was a lawyer, Baptist minister, decorated Civil War officer, and founder of Temple University, which is now the largest post-graduate training institute in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625586063
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/18/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 117
Sales rank: 799,502
File size: 197 KB

About the Author

Russell Herman Conwell (February 15, 1843 - December 6, 1925) was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia.

The original inspiration for his most famous essay, "Acres of Diamonds," occurred in 1869 when Conwell was traveling in the Middle East. The work began as a speech, "at first given," wrote Conwell in 1913, "before a reunion of my old comrades of the Forty-sixth Massachusetts Regiment, which served in the Civil War and in which I was captain."

The central idea of the work is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune-the resources to achieve all good things are present in one's own community.

Conwell's name lives on in the present-day Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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Acres Of Diamonds 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Based on a speech originally given as a lecture to raise money for what would become Temple University, this parable about seeing the riches around you can help give you a new perspective. Short and powerful (the book is much like "Who Moved My Cheese" in that it is brief, but contains an important lesson told in the form of a story) "Acres of Diamonds" will force you to take a new look at your own backyard when looking for opportunity. The basic story revolves around a Persian farmer who loses his life and significant wealth looking for a mine of diamonds when, ironically, his own farm land (which he sold to finance his search for diamonds) literally contained acres of diamonds. Conwell gives several other examples of similar stories revolving around gold, oil, etc. The grass isn't always greener on the other side...don't discount where you are, what you know and the relationships that you already have too quickly. Rambles a bit, but it's still a great story with a timeless message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be a winner or a whiner. That is the message in thisshort book. The writing is outdated and dogmatic but the premise is sound--quit looking for greener pastures and blossom where you are planted. Give the people what they want and they will come. Worth a read if you can get past the pontificating. This review refers to the Spire Book version.
Carolyn Foss More than 1 year ago
I love this book but the free version is full of typos. You may have trouble reading this unless you have already read the hard copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never give up---!
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False teahing from the pit...
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What age? Please tell me