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Letter 2 a Teacher


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A LETTER 2 A TEACHER

He will have to learn,
I know,that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundre
there is a hero;that for every
selfish Politician,there is a
dedicated leader…Teach him
for every enemy
there is a friend, 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 the flowers
on a green hillside.In the school teach him it is far more honorable
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 people, and tough with the tough. Try to give my son the strength
not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting
on the band wagon…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
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 have sublime faith in mankind. This is a big order, but see what you can do…He is such a fine
little fellow, my son!

From a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to the Headmaster
of a school
in which his son was studying.

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