William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, like so many other early American presidents, Harrison was born in a small town. As a boy, he was very quiet and bashful. In fact, he was so quiet that everyone thought that perhaps he was stupid. The people of the town, therefore, like to play tricks on him. For example, they often put a nickel and a dime in front of him and they told him to choose which one he wanted. He always chose the nickel and then they, all laughed at him.
One day, a certain woman took pity on him. She said, “William, why do you always choose the nickel instead of the dime? Don’t you know that a dime although smaller than a nickel, is worth much more than a nickel?”
“Certainly, I know it,” William answered slowly. “But if I choose the dime, they won’t play the trick on me any more!”