By Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton
American Baptist minister and legal professional, Russell Conwell was once the founder and primary President of Temple collage who's top remembered for his speech, "Acres of Diamonds", during which he places forth the concept one needn't glance in different places for chance, yet fairly the entire assets for attaining good fortune exist in one's personal again backyard. That inspiring speech are available during this little quantity in addition to a quick biography of Conwell by means of Robert Shackleton and an autobiographical essay on his existence as an orator through Conwell himself.
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We have seen his shining -- we have seen his shining -- his shining -- his shining sword -- ﬂashing. ” Oh dear, dear, dear! how little that good man knew about war. If he had known anything about war at all he ought to have known what any of my G. A. R. comrades here to-night will tell you is true, that it is next to a crime for an ofﬁcer of infantry ever in time of danger to go ahead of his men. ” I never did it. Do you suppose I would get in front of my men to be shot in front by the enemy and in the back by my own men?
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. To be great at all one must be great here, now, in Philadelphia. He who can give to this city better streets and better sidewalks, better schools and more colleges, more happiness and more civilization, more of God, he will be great anywhere.
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. He choked and swallowed and came around to the table to look at the manuscript. 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.
Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton