Abilene, Kansas: October 1900. Halloween night and ten-year-old Dwight Eisenhower was so angry his face turned crimson. His older brothers were allowed to go trick or treating, but he had to stay home. “You’re too young to go out,” his father, David, told him. Young Ike burst into tears, ran into the yard and began punching the trunk of an apple tree.
He later recalled: “My dad suddenly had me by the collar and I was getting a tanning.” Then he sent Ike to bed. The boy’s mother Ida, came into his room with a word of scriptural advice: “He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city.”
When he was 76, Ike wrote: “I have always looked back on that conversation as one of the most valuable moments of my life.”