I like to just dig out everything from 16 down. It takes more time, but you get lots of stuff besides diamonds, it looks really cool, you can put buildings and stuff down there, and, the most important part to me, you don't have to walk as far.
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"Sometimes, I just wanna give up, say 'I'm done with this mess' and go to bed. But you know what; you can't shrug off your responsibilities. You got to pull yourself up and meet the challenges head on. That's the only way you're gonna get ahead in life."
There is no easy way to find diamonds. You can use an xray mod to make things a bit easier, but you still gotta dig to it. But if you are willing to do that to get diamonds, you might as well use the /give command, or just go into creative mode.