By Russell Conwell, Robert Shackleton

American Baptist minister and legal professional, Russell Conwell was once the founder and primary President of Temple college who's most sensible remembered for his speech, "Acres of Diamonds", during which he places forth the concept one needn't glance somewhere else for chance, yet relatively the entire assets for attaining luck 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 by means of Conwell himself.

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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.

Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and what you are, in Philadelphia, now. He that can give to his city any blessing, he who can be a good citizen while he lives here, he that can make better homes, he that can be a blessing whether he works in the shop or sits behind the counter or keeps house, whatever be his life, he who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.

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? That is no place for an officer. The place for the officer in actual battle is behind the line. How often, as a staff officer, I rode down the line, when our men were suddenly called to the line of battle, and the Rebel yells were coming out of the woods, and shouted: “Officers to the rear!

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