The Courteous President

"Abraham Lincoln was driving in his state carriage one afternoon. An old man walking along the road, recognised the American President. He took off his hat and bowed in respect.

Lincoln responded to his gesture by tipping his hat and bowing in return.

One of his companions riding in the carriage with him told the President,"Why did you have to do that? After all he was only a poor man!"

"I don't want anyone to be more courteous than I," said the gracious President with a smile.
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"The small courtesies sweeten life,the greater ennoble it." (Bovee)

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14 comments:

  1. hi my friend...that shows how great peole acts being great by what they do not by who they are ....being humble leads to respect ...thx for that post

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  2. Hi Surjit,

    A truly great person will show great examples by their actions not by their words only!

    "It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try"

    Thanks for this post.
    Best Wishes

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  3. Hi Surjit...

    Wonderful example of what it means to be gracious.

    I would love living in a world where position, wealth, power, and glory were not a factor in regarding and caring for others...

    I'll dream about it!

    Thanks Surjit,

    Jen

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  4. '...being humble leads to respect ...'
    Very very truthful words Lilifxt, I fully agree with your noble thinking.
    God bless you.My best wishes.

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  5. Valuable words:
    ..."It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try"
    Thanks Sam Chan,for adding your insightful views to my post.I really value your inspiring thoughts.
    Good luck.

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  6. Yes Jennifer,I agree with your views:......
    'I would love living in a world where position, wealth, power, and glory were not a factor in regarding and caring for others...'
    Thanks for your insightful views.
    Good luck.

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  7. Abraham also said, "If you want to a man's character, give him power".

    It is not difficult to be humble and courteous when one is not rich or famous or successful. But is takes inner effort and sincere cultivation to be humble when one has every opportunity to be proud.

    WaterLearner (Singapore)

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  8. Water Learner,I admire your words of wisdom:
    ....'But is takes inner effort and sincere cultivation to be humble when one has every opportunity to be proud...'

    Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts.I really appreciate your meaningful participation.
    Good luck.

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  9. Dear friend Surjit, this story reminds me of Gandhi losing a sandal whilst boarding a train - he threw down the other in the hope that whoever found the first would also find the other and therefore have a pair. Greatness doesn't exclude being humble yet being humble surely portrays greatness...

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  10. The wise know to treat the poor as the rich. In spirit, money has no value.

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  11. Very true, Surjit ! Happy Thursday to you !

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  12. Great words:
    ....'being humble surely portrays greatness..'
    Thanks Walksfarwoman,for sharing your insightful thoughts.
    My best wisshes.

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  13. Sophia,I fully agree with your words of wisdom:
    ...'In spirit, money has no value...'
    Many thanks for adding your meaningful views to my post.Good luck.

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  14. Thanks Loving Annie,for your good wishes.I am glad that you have liked my post.
    My best wishes.

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