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A Letter From Mr Abraham Lincoln to His Son’s Teacher

19.09.2013

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every selfish politician there is a dedicated leader. Teach him, that for every enemy, there is a friend. It will take time, I know but teach him if can, that a dollar earn is of far more value than five found.

1.      Teach him to learn to lose and also to enjoy winning.

2.      Steer him away from envy if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

3.      Let him learn early that, the bullies are the easiest to lick.

4.      Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give him quiet time to ponder, the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on as green hillside.

5.      In school teach him that it is far more honourable to fail, than to cheat.

6.      Teach him to have faith in its own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.

7.      Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough.

8.      Try to; give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the band wagon.

9.      Teach him to listen to all men and to filter all he hears from a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through.

10.  Teach him if you can how to laugh when he is sad.


11.  Teach him there is no shame in tears.


12.  Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness.


13.  Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders but never to put a price- tag on his heart and soul.


14.  Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right.


15.  Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes a fine steel.


16.  Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave.


17.  Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in man-kind.


       This is a big order; but see what you can do.


       He is just a fine little fellow, my son.

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