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A Lincoln lesson

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Abraham Lincoln became one of America’s greatest presidents through mastery of language. Despite having only one year of formal education, Lincoln diligently studied great writers like Shakespeare and the ancient Greeks. As a boy, he practiced public speaking by gathering friends and stepping onto a stump to address them. As a lawyer in Illinois, he would meet friends at a tavern for storytelling contests.

He was quick with the cutting remark, but Lincoln learned to turn his ridicule on himself. During the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, when Douglas called him two-faced, Lincoln famously replied: “If I had another face, would I be wearing this one?”

— Hitendra Wadhwa, Personal Leadership

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