A Timely Lesson

Henry Ward Beecher used to give the following incident of how his teacher in mathematics taught him to depend on himself.

All unconscious of the life within, Beecher was a timid fellow at the age of twelve, doubtless the result, in part, of a strict New England training, added to the severity of school discipline, which was then supposed to be a necessity in developing the future man. Some hard problems were required on this occasion, and Henry was sent to the blackboard where, trembling and uncertain, he failed.

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