Acres of Diamonds

Where do you look for your fortune? Where are the diamonds of your life hidden? With “Acres of Diamonds,” Russell H. Conwell, founder of Temple University, imparts answers to these questions through the timeless wisdom of this lecture.

After returning from active duty in the Civil War with Lincoln’s Army, Conwell traveled on a journalism assignment touring with a camel caravan through the river valley of Mesopotamia. It was on this journey that he heard the story of Ali Hafed and his search for a great fortune.

To Conwell this account was more than just an entertaining legend presented for the amusement of tourists. For Conwell the anecdote provided the powerful message that your fortune, your glory is in your own back yard. Look to what you already have for your riches. This was a turning point in Conwell’s philosophy.

Back home in the United States, Conwell’s varied experiences as lawyer, pastor, teacher, writer, and orator continued to confirm the lesson within this story. So, to share this message with as many as he could, Conwell developed the lecture “Acres of Diamonds,” which elevated him to the status of one of the greatest American speakers of all time.

Packed audiences paid to hear Russell H. Conwell deliver “Acres of Diamonds” over 6,000 times. He was dedicated to spreading its message with the intention that it should inspire, educate, and motivate those who received it to improve their own lives. The popularity of this lecture has made it an indisputable classic in the field of motivation for all time.

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that brings you this electronic edition of “Acres of Diamonds” by Russell H. Conwell. At, we take pride in being your premier resource for powerful tools, reliable support, and superior guidance in the pursuit of success in your own life. Whether you have read or heard it before or are enjoying it for the first time, you will find it illuminating. Take this wisdom and let it inspire, educate, and motivate you to improve your life. Now you can receive the gift in the message of “Acres of Diamonds.”

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