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By : S. Muralidharan, Head, Project Planning/Strategy, Knowledge Foundation
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Abraham Lincoln's World Famous Letter to his Son's Teacher

He will have to learn, I know, 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 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 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 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 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 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!

 
11 comments on "Abraham Lincoln's World Famous Letter to his Son's Teacher"
  Commented by  Mathew Cherian, Research Associate/Analyst, Western Michigan University    | 08 03 2011 18:54:14 +0000
Value insights of a true American leader, there were many others of his like Dewey whose book 'Moral Principles' must be a mandated reading for every Indian.
  Commented by  Subrata Patra, Senior Teacher, St. Xavier's School    | 08 01 2011 12:31:16 +0000
Really inspirational!!!!!!
  Commented by  Ajay Hulji, Planning Engineer, Pinkcityexpressway.pvt.ltd.    | 08 01 2011 09:21:40 +0000
thank u sir, very much inspirational ...
  Commented by  Rathin Deb, Freelance Retail Consultant    | 08 01 2011 08:09:32 +0000
Thanks Murlidharan. Abrahm Loncoln was one of the great man of the world.
  Commented by  Srinivas suravajhala, Secretary to the high ranking police officer, Law Enforcing Agency    | 08 01 2011 07:54:33 +0000
Great.  Thank you very much for this posting Mr. Muralidharan ji.  
  Commented by  MS_Pi, Top Management, Confidential    | 08 01 2011 04:13:00 +0000
Great Posting. I am forwarding this to my younger friends.
  Commented by  Mohammad Bakhsh, Project Leader/Managing Consultant, Freelancer    | 08 01 2011 03:18:29 +0000
Thanks,Mr Muralidharan for sharing inspirational story of a loving father to his son through his Teacher.Only Abrahamlincoln's anecdote could inspire leaders the world over.He took over the charge of America at the time when it was facing civil wars,so his words carried the apple-pie order.I hope,GenX and GenY on toostep must take note of these famous words and review their every day happenings.
Thanks,Virag for referral.
  Commented by  Sanjay Bhardwaj, Partner/Principal/VP, BPL Ltd, Health Management Solution    | 07 31 2011 16:29:49 +0000
Abraham Lincoln's outstanding words to his son's teacher that truly establishes the greatness of the man American worship today for his extraordinary contribution to their society. 
  Commented by  Rajesh Tekale, Counsel, Advocate on Record , High Court, Mumbai    | 07 31 2011 12:54:56 +0000
Thanks for posting the motivational letter. Very inspiring and sometime in life might need to give it to children to read....Its Very inspiring post, every father should send the text copy to his sons /daughters teacher.Good things are really required to be spread and distributed.
  Commented by  Syed Atifuddin, Subject Matter Expert, Genpact    | 07 31 2011 12:40:55 +0000
this is truly awesome..thanks murali for sharing ...very insightful..thanks again
  Commented by  Virag Shah, Office coordinator, Prince pharma pvt. ltd.    | 07 31 2011 12:01:25 +0000
Amazing and touching line..each part of this letter touch and really this is not for Abrahim's son only but this letter is also for whole world's children. Everybody are human and this can be apply all countries children.

we all can learn and apply so many things for our children Thanks Murli sir for such GREAT letter
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