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Lincoln's Letter to his son's Headmaster

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Respected Teacher,

My Son 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 doller earned is of far more value than five found

Teach him to learn to lose and also enjoy winning

Steer him away from envy, if you can

Teach him the secret of quiet laughter

Let him learn early that the Bullies are easiest to Lick

Teach him if you can, the wonder of books..........

But also give Quiet time to ponder over the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hills - side

In school teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat

Teach him to have faith in his own ideas even if everyone 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 everyone 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 Flight

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 important

Let him have the patience to brave

Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind

This is a bid order; but see what you can do

He is such a fine little fellow, my son.

-Abraham Lincoln.

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

You cannot build character and courage

by taking away man's initiative and independence.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them

What they could do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln

(Source: Freedom First, May 1989)

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