ABRAHAM LINCOLN LETTER TO HIS SONS TEACHER
He will have to learn, I know all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him 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. Teach him a dollar earned is of far more value than five (5) dollars found.
Teach him to lose and also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy, if you can.
Teach him the wonder of books – but also give him quiet time to ponder the external mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on the green hillside.
In the school, teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat.
Teach him to have faith in his ideas even if everyone tells him he is wrong.
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough people.
Try to give him the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the badwagon.
Teach him to listen to all men but teach him to also filter on the screen of truth.
Teach him to close his ears to the 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 courage to be impatient, let him have patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in his creator and faith in himself too, because then he will always have faith in mankind.
This is a big order, but please see what you can do – he is such a fine little fellow, my amiable dedicated indefatigable son.