Considered by many to be
one of the finest speeches ever written,
Acres of Diamonds is a lecture that Russell
Conwell, founder of Temple University,
delivered more than 6,000 times across the
country. Through this lecture, Conwell
debunks the idea that it is noble to be
poor, an idea that far too many of us share.
He illustrates that it is our duty as humans
to use our gifts to honestly earn riches,
because we can do more good with riches than
without. Conwell used the proceeds from this
lecture to help found Temple University, one
of the first universities to offer
affordable education to working-class
Americans. 31 pp.