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Abraham Lincoln supposedly wrote a letter to his son¶s teacher. Lincoln¶s authorship of the letter has been refuted. However let us reflect on the wonderful advice in the letter.
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that all men are not just. 24 January 2011 3 . all men are not true. I know.He will have to learn.
there is a dedicated leader« Teach him for every enemy there is a friend.But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero. that for every selfish politician. 24 January 2011 4 .
24 January 2011 5 .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« 24 January 2011 6 .
and the flowers on a green hillside. 24 January 2011 7 .But also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky. bees in the sun.
In the school teach him it is far honorable to fail than to cheat« 24 January 2011 8 .
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas. even if everyone tells him they are wrong« 24 January 2011 9 .
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people. and tough with the tough. 24 January 2011 10 .
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the band wagon« 24 January 2011 11 .
24 January 2011 12 .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.
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« 24 January 2011 13 .Teach him if you can.
24 January 2011 14 .Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.
24 January 2011 15 .Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he¶s right.
but do not cuddle him. because only the test of fire makes fine steel.Treat him gently. 24 January 2011 16 .
24 January 2011 17 .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. 24 January 2011 18 . because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.
but see what you can do« He is such a fine little fellow. my son! ~ Abraham Lincoln 24 January 2011 19 .This is a big order.
Bro.The End With Metta. 20 . Oh Teik Bin 24 January 2011 May we live virtuously and act mindfully.
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