Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Abraham Lincoln's letter to his son

A supposedly written letter by Abraham Lincoln to the Headmaster of a school in which his son was studying. I tried to find the veracity of the letter but couldnt find any authentic citations. Nevertheless, the wisdom that the letter contains is worth posting in my blog. It is worth passing it on to your child once you are father.


"He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just and are not true. But 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 flowers on a green hillside.

In school, teach him it is far more honorable to fall than to cheat.....

Teach to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him he is wrong.

Teach him to be gentle with gentlepeople and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone 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 be beware of too much sweetness.. Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to highest bidders, but never to put a price on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob.. and stand and fight if 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 impatient.. Let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will have faith in humankind.

This is a big order, but see what you can do. . He is such a fine little fellow my son!


Sharjeel Friday, February 29, 2008 4:48:00 AM  

Marvelous!! Thanks for sharing this Ravi :-)

Prashant Sree Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:57:00 PM  

Good one dude... I had got this one as a forward earlier... Says about how minds of great person think like

YESInc Thursday, November 20, 2008 1:18:00 AM  

Hey Ravi:

Wonder how you manage doing all that you do. However the letter is too good loaded with a number of messages. Keep it up!


dominic Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:21:00 PM  

Ravi Bhai,

I have read this many a times, but every time I read it interprets a new wisdom to me.Thanks for giving another opportunity.

Dominic Edison

Anonymous,  Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:18:00 PM  

this is awesome

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