Horace Mann (1796-1859)

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind.”

“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.”

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

“If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.”

“Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.”

“Education…beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men — the balance wheel of the social machinery… It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.”

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”

“If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.”

“Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.”

“Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.”

“We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital.”

“Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.”

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”

“Observation – activity of both eyes and ears.”

“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

“It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.”

“Let the public mind become corrupt, and all efforts to secure property, liberty, or life by the force of laws written on paper will be as vain as putting up a sign in an apple orchard to exclude canker worms.”

“When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.”

“If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable.”

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.”

“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.”

“Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.”

“Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”

“Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.”

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

“Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.”

“Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.”

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

“To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.”

“It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.”

“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

“He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.”

“Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.”

“Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.”

“Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.”

“Avoid witticisms at the expense of others.”

“Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.”

“Teaching isn’t one-tenth as effective as training.”

“Hello all.”

“Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.”


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