In 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 the tough. Try to give him the strength, not to follow the crowd. Teach him to listen to all men... and also filter all he hears."

"Teach him if you can how to laugh when he is sad... and that there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness.... Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob.... but 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.