Unbelievable True Stories That You Will Never Forget In Your Life
True Stories That Will Make Your Day: We have collected 15 of the best inspirational and beautiful true stories to help you get through life’s challenges. Many of these true stories are related to the life of famous and great people of History while some True Stories are very heart-touching. We hope that these true stories will not only infuse a spark of positivity in your life but will help you to become a better person also.
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1. True Story of Abraham Lincoln on Saving The Birds
One day in spring four men were riding on horseback along a country road. These men were lawyers, and they were going to the next town to attend court. There had been raining, and the ground was very soft. Water was dripping from the trees, and the grass was wet. The four lawyers rode along, one behind another; for the pathway was narrow, and the mud on each side of it was deep.
They rode slowly and talked and laughed and were very jolly. As they were passing through a grove of small trees, they heard a great fluttering over their heads and a feeble chirping in the grass by the roadside. “Stith! Stith! Stith!” came from the leafy branches above them. “Cheep! cheep! cheep!” came from the wet grass.
“What is the matter here?” asked the first lawyer, whose name was Speed.
“Oh, it’s only some old robins!” said the second lawyer, whose name was Hardin.
“The storm has blown two of the little ones out of the nest. They are too young to fly, and the mother bird is making a great fuss about it.”
“What a pity! They’ll die down there in the grass,” said the third lawyer, whose name I forget.
“Oh, well! They’re nothing but birds,” said Mr. Hardin. “Why should we bother?”
“Yes, why should we?” said Mr. Speed.
The three men, as they passed, looked down and saw the little birds fluttering in the cold, wet grass. They saw the mother robin flying about, and crying to her mate. Then they rode on, talking and laughing as before. In a few minutes, they had forgotten about the birds.
But the fourth lawyer, whose name was Abraham Lincoln, stopped. He got down from his horse and very gently took the little ones up in his big warm hands. They did not seem frightened but chirped softly as if they knew they were safe.
“Never mind, my little fellows,” said Mr. Lincoln “I will put you in your own cozy little bed.” Then he looked up to find the nest from which they had fallen. It was high, much higher than he could reach.
How Lincoln Saved The Poor Baby Birds
But Mr. Lincoln could climb. He had climbed many a tree when he was a boy. He put the birds softly, one by one, into their warm little home. Two other baby birds were there, that had not fallen out. All cuddled down together and were very happy. Soon the three lawyers who had ridden ahead stopped at a spring to give their horses water.
“Where is Lincoln?” asked one.
All were surprised to find that he was not with them.
“Do you remember those birds?” said Mr. Speed. “Very likely he has stopped to take care of them.”
In a few minutes, Mr. Lincoln joined them. His shoes were covered with mud; he had torn his coat on the thorny tree.
“Hello, Abraham!” said Mr. Hardin. “Where have you been?”
“I stopped a minute to give those birds to their mother,” he answered.
“Well, we always thought you were a hero,” said Mr. Speed. “Now we know it.”
Then all three of them laughed heartily. They thought it so foolish that a strong man should take so much trouble just for some worthless young birds.
“Gentlemen,” said Mr. Lincoln, “I could not have slept tonight if I had left those helpless little robins to perish in the wet grass.”
Abraham Lincoln afterward became very famous as a lawyer and statesman. He was elected president. Next to Washington, he was the greatest American.
Moral of The Story: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
2. A Heart Touching True Story: The Miracle of $1.11
Tess was a precocious eight-year-old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn’t have the money for the doctor’s bills and our house. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money.
She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.” Tess went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally, she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without waiting for a reply to his question.
“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”
“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.
“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”
A Miracle That Saved The Life of A Sick Child
“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a little. “Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.”
The pharmacist’s brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother need?”
“I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up. “I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.”
“How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago. “One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely audibly. “And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.
“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He took her money in one hand and with the other hand, he grasped her mitten and said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”
That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.
“That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?”
Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost… one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.
Moral of The Story: Faith is the spiritual money that buys you all you want.
Claimed to Be A True Story
Author Unknown: Submitted by Sumit
3. True Story on The Best Time of My Life
It was June 15, and in two days I would be turning thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me. My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape.
As I greeted Nicholas on this particular day, he noticed I wasn’t full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Nicholas’s age, so I asked him, “What was the best time of your life?”
Without hesitation, Nicholas replied, “Well, Joe, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question:
“When I was a child in Austria and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life.
“When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life.
“When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life.
“When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life.
“The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America, that was the best time of my life.
“When we came to Canada and started a family, that was the best time of my life.
“When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life.
“And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met. This is the best time of my life.”
Moral of The Story: Attitude is the most important thing in life. It is the key to a happy and successful life.
© 1997 by Joe Kemp
Reprinted with permission from the author.
4. A True Story on Humility of George Washington
A rider on horseback, who many years ago, came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy piece of timber. A corporal stood by, giving lordly orders to “Heave.” But the piece of timber was too heavy for the squad.
Seeing the creepy state of soldiers, the quiet man on the horse, addressed the corporal politely, “Sir, this piece of timber is too heavy to lift up. If you could help the soldiers to lift this timber up, surely they will succeed in finishing the job.
“Me? What are you saying? Perhaps you don’t know I am their commander. And the duty of a commander is only to give the orders to his soldiers, not to work with them.” The corporal said annoyingly.
The stranger did not say any extra word further and carefully took his place with the soldiers.
“Now, all together boys – heave!” he said. And the big piece of timber slid into place.
The soldiers greeted the man for his timely help. Meanwhile, the stranger mounted his horse and addressed the corporal. “The next time you have a piece of timber for your men to handle, corporal, send for your commander-in-chief from The President House.”
This horseman was none other than the great George Washington, the first President of the United States of America who showed the world that respect isn’t earned by staying on your horse, but from getting down, rolling up your sleeves, and getting your hands dirty.
Moral of The Story: Leadership isn’t barking orders at your staff, it’s helping them with the heavy lifting.
5. True Story of A Caring Kid: A Dish of Ice Cream
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?”
“50 cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.
“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
“35 cents,” she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table, and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier, and departed.
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.
Moral of The Story: Be kind to others even if it hurts you.
6. A Wonderful True Story on Mother’s Day
A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.
He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother and I don’t have enough money.”
The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”
He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.
As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.”
She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.
The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet, and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.
Moral of The Story: A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
7. The True Story of A Handsomest Man on Earth
One day Thaddeus Stevens called at the White House with an elderly woman, whose son had been in the army, but for some offense had been court-martialed and sentenced to death. There were some extenuating circumstances, and after a full hearing the President turned to Stevens and said: “Mr. Stevens, do you think this is a case which will warrant my interference?”
“With my knowledge of the facts and the parties,” was the reply, “I should have no hesitation in granting a pardon.”
“Then,” returned Mr. Abraham Lincoln, “I will pardon him,” and proceeded forthwith to execute the paper.
The gratitude of the mother was too deep for expression, save by her tears, and not a word was said between her and Stevens until they were halfway down the stairs on their passage out when she suddenly broke forth in an excited manner with the words:
“I knew it was a copperhead lie!”
“What do you refer to, madam?” asked Stevens.
“Why they told me he was an ugly-looking man,” she replied, with vehemence. “He is the most handsome man I ever saw in my life.”
Moral of The Story: Beauty is a radiance that comes from a strong character and a kind heart.
8. True Story of George Washington and The Athlete
Many stories are told of the mighty power of Washington’s right arm. It is said that he once threw a stone from the bed of the stream to the top of the Natural Bridge, in Virginia. Again, we are told that once upon a time he rounded a piece of slate to the size of a silver dollar, and threw it across the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg, the slate falling at least thirty feet on the other side.
Many strong men have since tried the same feat, but have never cleared the water. Peale, who was called the soldier-artist, was once visiting Washington at Mount Vernon. One day, he tells us, some athletic young men were pitching the iron bar in the presence of their host.
Suddenly, without taking off his coat, Washington grasped the bar and hurled it, with little effort, much farther than any of them had done. “We were, indeed, amazed,” said one of the young men, “as we stood around, all stripped to the buff, and having thought ourselves very clever fellows, while the Colonel, on retiring, pleasantly said:
“When you beat my pitch, young gentlemen, I’ll try again.”
At another time, Washington witnessed a wrestling-match. The champion of the day challenged him, in sport, to wrestle. Washington did not stop to take off his coat, but grasped the “strong man of Virginia.” It was all over in a moment, for, said the wrestler, “In Washington’s lionlike grasp I became powerless, and was hurled to the ground with a force that seemed to jar the very marrow in my bones.”
In the days of the Revolution, some of the riflemen and the backwoodsmen were men of gigantic strength, but it was generally believed by good judges that their commander-in-chief was the strongest man in the Army.
Moral of The Story: Everyone is gifted, but too little understand it.
By: Albert F. Blaisdell and Francis R. Ball
9. A True Story on The Secret of Real Happiness
A rich person once came to the famous Gayatri devotee and Arya Samaj leader Mahatma Anand Swami. He owned many factories and business concerns. All his sons were well settled. His wife passed away a long time back. Hew was immersed in great prosperity but still felt great emptiness within. He had lost his appetite as well as sleep. He shared his mental and spiritual agony with Swamiji.
Anand Swami said: “You have given too much importance to mechanical work and material possessions, ignoring warm feelings of the heart. Satsang and religious discourses at best provide comfort to your mind. To end inner drabness and loneliness, you should now start sharing your love, wealth, and labor with the needy.
Expand the horizons of your self. Give affection to all. Go among the orphans and destitute, and help them stand on their feet. Put in physical labor in this pious work as much as your body allows. Keep the daily routine regulated. Then you will find that your appetite has returned and you will get sound sleep daily.
Your general health, too, will improve.” The man did as advised and before long a qualitative and miraculous transformation took place in his life. He began to enjoy a level of health, peace, and happiness, which he had never experienced before.
Moral of The Story: Indeed, benevolent feelings and tender emotions should be accorded the highest importance in the scheme of life.
10. A True Story on World of Smiles, Love, Warmth
About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University’s Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair. As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair.
I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck, and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots. As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink.
As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen. All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about.
She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love, and warmth. That was ten years ago, I’m a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.
Moral of The Story: Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through the greatness of mind.
11. A True Story on How Haste Makes Waste
The famous Victorian English author Bulwer Lytton started writing novels just as a hobby. However, his writing was so brilliant that he became widely recognized as one of the leading English authors. Someone asked Lytton about the secret of his success. Lytton said ‘I never do anything in haste to get a lot of things done in one go.
I rather prefer to do it meticulously, in the best possible way. If you push yourself too hard beyond your natural ability, you will become too tired the following day to be able to do anything properly, even a simple task! I actually never learned any writing skills up until I left college and had family responsibilities.
Then I started learning and I really believe that I didn’t strive any less than other people learning new skills. I traveled across many countries, entered politics, and gained first-hand experience in many trades and industries. In spite of that, I managed to author more than sixty books.
Believe it or not, I never spent more than three hours a day studying and writing! Nonetheless, whatever I studied or wrote in those three hours was always done with total concentration, keen interest, and great determination.”
Moral of The Story: Never do work in a hurry if you want to maintain its quality.
12. True Story of A Peasant and Mahatma Gandhi
A peasant, who was greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, went to see him when the Mahatma was traveling by train which was to halt for a short while at a station near his village. He was visualizing Gandhiji on the way. He presumed Gandhiji to be a person of grand splendor.
He bought a ticket and got on the train. There was a big crowd in a bogie. A gentleman was reclining on a berth. He seemed to be quite exhausted. The farmer entered the bogie and approached him, held his hand, made him get up, and said:
“Get up and sit up. You are reclining as if it were your own train.” The gentleman got up. Sitting down in the vacated place the peasant started saying, “Gandhiji is great, he is the one who alleviates the afflictions of the distressed.” All the people in the bogie were smiling.
When the train finally reached the destination, people rushed to receive Gandhiji. The peasant was astonished and also anguished when he came to know that the person whom he admonished to sit up was none other than Gandhiji.
Moral of The Story: Simplicity and even-mindedness are attributes of greatness.
13. A True Story about The First President of India
A rustic with a dense grey moustache, wearing a shawl, boarded an ordinary coach of the train at the Patna Junction. Five or six college students were also sitting in the same coach. They started mocking him. Meanwhile, the ticket checker arrived. None of the students possessed the ticket, so he started abusing them.
At this, the fifty-year-old said, “Why do you use such abusive language, just take your charge.” With these words, he paid for the ticket. The students realized the generosity of the person whom they were mocking at. Meanwhile, the train reached Mughalsaray station.
The entire platform echoed with the slogans ‘Rajendra Babu ki Jai’. The students now came to know that this benevolent person was none other than Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Seeing the gloomy faces of the students, he said – “Don’t worry. You are too young right now.
This type of behavior is natural at your age, but utilize your potentials for the sake of your nation.” This incident of the life of India’s first president, the jewel of the nation, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, teaches us an important lesson of humility and forgiveness.
Moral of The Story: Humility and forgiveness have the potential to transform one’s personality.
14. Great True Story on How to Perform Your Duty
In the year 1885, the New High School, Pune was celebrating a big function. A volunteer had been deputed at the gate to allow admittance to the invitation cardholders only. The chief guest of the function was the then Chief Justice of Pune State, Mahadev Govind Ranade. When Ranade arrived at the venue he was stopped by the volunteer who requested the invitation card. “My boy, I do not have any such card with me,” Ranade said.
“In that case, Sir, you cannot go inside.” was the volunteer’s polite answer. Seeing the chief guest held up at the gate many members of the reception committee rushed over there and tried to escort him inside. But the volunteer protested: “Gentlemen, how can I perform my duty sincerely if reception committee members themselves interfere in my work?
Whoever the guest be, he is supposed to carry the invitation card with him. I can not be partial”. This same volunteer later rose to fame as the great Gopal Krishna Gokhale and rendered great service to the nation. Mahatma Gandhi considered him his political guru.
Moral of The Story: Never fear anyone when it comes to fulfilling your duty.
15. A True Story on Importance of Tender Emotions
The leading scientist of his age, Nagarjuna was looking for a competent assistant. Many persons applied for the post. Nagarjuna wanted a person who was not only talented and energetic but also imbued with tender emotions. High-level work responsibility cannot be met without emotional input.
The applicants were asked to perform a variety of unusual tasks through which their basic aptitude and inclination were tested. Many failed to meet the required standards and had to return empty-handed. One aspirant was sent out on an errand. He took a long time to return.
When asked about the delay, he replied, “On the way, I came across the scene of an accident. Many persons were lying injured. I applied myself to tending to them and remained there till proper arrangements for their treatment and care had been made.”
The sage-scientist Nagarjuna saw in the student ample measure of tender emotions besides merit and energy. He selected the student.
Moral of The Story: A Heart Full of love towards fellow beings unlocks the gate of truest wisdom.