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【美文欣赏】How to Win Friends and Influence People

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小编摘要:林肯之所以成为伟人,因为他从来都是以善良之心待人,不对任何人抱有怨恨,对所有的人胸怀友善,以此作为赢得朋友、影响他人之道。

【美文欣赏】How to Win Friends and Influence People



How to Win Friends and Influence People

On Saturday morning, April 15, 1865, 
Abraham Lincoln lay dying in a hall bedroom of a cheap lodging house 
directly across the street from Ford’s Theater, 
where Booth had shot him.
As Lincoln lay dying, people said, 
 “There lies the most perfect ruler of men that the world has ever seen.”
What was the secret of Lincoln’s success in dealing with men? 
I studied the life of Abraham Lincoln for ten years, 
and devoted all of three years to writing 
and rewriting a book entitled Lincoln the Unknown. 
I believe I have made as detailed and exhaustive 
a study of Lincoln’s personality and home life 
as it is possible for any human being to make. 
I made a special study of Lincoln’s method of dealing with men. 
Did he indulge in criticism? 
Oh, yes. He not only criticized 
but he wrote letters and poems ridiculing people 
and dropped these letters on the country roads where they were sure to be found. 
One of these letters aroused resentments that burned for a lifetime.
In the autumn of 1842, 
he ridiculed a vain Irish politician by the name of James Shields. 
Shields, sensitive and proud, boiled with indignation
He challenged Lincoln to fight a duel. 
Lincoln didn’t want to fight, 
but he couldn’t get out of it and save his honor. 
On the appointed day, 
he and Shields prepared to fight to the death, 
but at the last minute, 
their seconds interrupted and stopped the duel.
This accident taught Lincoln an invaluable lesson in the art of dealing with people. 
Never again did he write an insulting letter. 
Never again did he ridicule anyone. 
And from that time on, 
he almost never criticized anybody for anything.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do. 
But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. 
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little man.
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