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White House

Washington DC

Dear Sir,

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every selfish politician. There is a dedicated leader and for every scoundrel, there is a hero... Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. It will take time, I know, but teach him if you can, that a dollar earned is of far more value than five pounds... Teach him to learn to lose... and also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy; if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are 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 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 he is wrong... Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough. Try to give him strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is 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.

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 talents and brains to the highest bidder, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his to a howling mob... and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right.

Teach 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 always have sublime faith in human kind.

Yours faithfully,

Signature of Abraham Lincoln

Signature of Abraham Lincoln





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Mr. Abraham Lincoln wrote the letter to his son's teacher.

He wrote the letter to teach his son to be better and a good person.

It means that the money and achievement that is earned by hard work is more valuable than that which you get by doing nothing. 

He requests his son's teacher to teach him to learn to lose because only by losing we can know our weakness. Lose is the solution to win.

He wants to see his son be a great person and have sublime faith in humankind.

He advised his son to not to follow the crowd because it's unsafe to go to a bandwagon, it is great to be different by not following others and we should create our own path.

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  • Do not___________him so that he will start acting stupidly.

    impatient
    cuddle
    steer
    enemy
  • We should not fight even with our_________.

    steer
    love ones
    bandwagon
    enemy
  • Don't be __________ even in your hard times.

    impatient 
    bandwagon
    enemy
    cuddle
  • Teacher should ____________ their students in the right path.

    bandwagon
    cuddle
    steer
    enemy
  • Give him strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the_____________.

    road
    bandwagon
    jungle
    enemy
  • White house is _________________________________________________.

    a house with white marble.
    the residence of the American President.
    the great big house with wite paint.
    a crowd making unnecessary noise.
  • Bidder means______________________.

    the last bird on earth
    the bite
    the great person
    dealer/buyer
  • A howling mob is __________________________________________________.

    the ball with holes in it.
    a sport of America.
    inspiring belief.
    a crowd making unnecessary loud noise
  • Definition of eternal mystery is_____________________________.

    timeless or everlasting unidentification
    strong strength
    inspiring belief
    a crowd making loud noise.
  • The similar meaning of sublime faith is__________________________.

    beautiful mind
    inspiring belief
    longlasting dream
    a big thought
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