Russell H. Conwell was the founder of Temple University. The story is very inspiring. However, before you read that, you should read this:
Acres of Diamonds
By Russell H. Conwell
Here are some excerpts:
“When that old guide had told me that very sad story, he stopped the camel I was riding and went back to fix the baggage on one of the other camels, and I remember thinking to myself, “Why did he reserve that for his particular friends?” There seemed to be no beginning, middle or end — nothing to it. That was the first story I ever heard told or read in which the hero was killed in the first chapter. I had but one chapter of that story and the hero was dead.”
“…and he said another thing I would not forget: he declared that a diamond is the last and highest of God’s mineral creations, as a woman is the last and highest of God’s animal creations. I suppose that is the reason why the two have such a liking for each other.”
Once you have read “Acres of Diamonds”, read this synopsis of How and why Russell H. Conwell founded Temple University.