Monday, August 13, 2007

Abraham Lincoln to his son's teacher

I cannot understand why picasso is not blogging my photos. It says it is, and then it does not..anyway here are some words of wisdom from Lincoln.

LETTER WRITTEN BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO HIS SON'S TEACHER

"He will have to learn, I know, 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 is of far more value than

five found ... Steer him away from envy. If you can, teach him the secret of

quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick

... Teach him, if you can, the wonder 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 a green hill side. Teach him to learn to lose and also to enjoy

winning.

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 is

getting on the bandwagon . Teach him to listen to all men ... 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 to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much

sweetness ... Teach him to sell his brawn and brain 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's 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."

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