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Friday, April 5, 2013

7-1-1 Abraham Lincoln's Letter to His Son's Teacher

 Abraham Lincoln's Letter to His Son's Teacher 

(This letter was written  by Abraham Lincoln , the sixteenth President of the United States of America , to the teacher of his son . Though it is only a letter yet it has become a document of moral values.)

Respected Teacher , 
For my son, today is the first day of his schooling . Every thing is strange and new to him. I want you to teach him the things  which  are useful to him in his life. 
- Teach him that all men are not just , all men are not true , but teach him also 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 you can , that a dollar earned with hard labour is far more valuable than five dollars found on the road.
-Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose , and enjoy winning when he does win. 
- Steer him away from envy, if you can. 
- Teach him, if you can , the wonder of books but also , give him quiet time to ponder over the eternal mystery of birds in the sky , bees in the sun , and flowers on the green hill side. 
- In school teach him , it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat . 
- Teach him to have faith in his own ideas , even if every one tells him they are wrong. 
-Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough. 
- Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when every one else is doing it. 
- Teach him to listen to every one , but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through. 
-Teach him , if you can , how to laugh when he is sad.Teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him,there can be glory in failure and despair in success. 
-Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidders but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. 
-Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks, he is right. 
-Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him because only the test of fire makes fine steel. 
-Let him have the courage to be impatient , let him have the patience to be brave. 
- Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind and God. 
-Also tell him that to get success, the whole sky is his.
Abraham Lincoln

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