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Horace Mann Quote: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

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

— Horace Mann



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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

A house without books is like a room without windows.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “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.”

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.

— Horace Mann


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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.”

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

— Horace Mann



Horace Mann Quote: “He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.”

He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “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.”

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.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “The living soul of man, once conscious of its power, cannot be quelled.”

The living soul of man, once conscious of its power, cannot be quelled.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.”

Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.”

Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Observation – activity of both eyes and ears.”

Observation – activity of both eyes and ears.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated.”

As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.”

The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Benevolence is a world of itself – a world which mankind, as yet, have hardly begun to explore. We have, as it were, only skirted along its coasts for a few leagues, without penetrating the recesses, or gathering the riches of its vast interior.”

Benevolence is a world of itself – a world which mankind, as yet, have hardly begun to explore. We have, as it were, only skirted along its coasts for a few leagues, without penetrating the recesses, or gathering the riches of its vast interior.

— Horace Mann



Horace Mann Quote: “In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.”

In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Deeds survive the doers.”

Deeds survive the doers.

— Horace Mann


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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Habit can overcome anything but instinct, and can greatly modify even that.”

Habit can overcome anything but instinct, and can greatly modify even that.

— Horace Mann


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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “There is nothing so costly as ignorance.”

There is nothing so costly as ignorance.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Those who exert the first influence upon the mind have the greatest power.”

Those who exert the first influence upon the mind have the greatest power.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Every event in this world is the effect of some precedent cause, and also the cause of some subsequent effect.”

Every event in this world is the effect of some precedent cause, and also the cause of some subsequent effect.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.”

Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Patient perseverance in well doing is infinitely harder than a sudden and impulsive self-sacrifice.”

Patient perseverance in well doing is infinitely harder than a sudden and impulsive self-sacrifice.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “He who cannot resist temptation is not a man. Whoever yields to temptation debases himself with a debasement from which he can never arise.”

He who cannot resist temptation is not a man. Whoever yields to temptation debases himself with a debasement from which he can never arise.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, his capacity. In the constitution of human nature, the desire of bettering one’s condition is the mainspring of effort. The first touch of slavery snaps this spring.”

Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, his capacity. In the constitution of human nature, the desire of bettering one’s condition is the mainspring of effort. The first touch of slavery snaps this spring.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal.”

Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “They who set an example make a highway. Others follow the example, because it is easier to travel on a highway than over untrodden grounds.”

They who set an example make a highway. Others follow the example, because it is easier to travel on a highway than over untrodden grounds.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.”

We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.

— Horace Mann


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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.”

Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.”

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Biography, especially of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records.”

Biography, especially of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion.”

An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “After a child has arrived at the legal age for attending school,-whether he be the child of noble or of peasant,-the only two absolute grounds of exemption from attendance are sickness and death.”

After a child has arrived at the legal age for attending school,-whether he be the child of noble or of peasant,-the only two absolute grounds of exemption from attendance are sickness and death.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “As each generation comes into the world devoid of knowledge, its first duty is to obtain possession of the stores already amassed. It must overtake its predecessors before it can pass by them.”

As each generation comes into the world devoid of knowledge, its first duty is to obtain possession of the stores already amassed. It must overtake its predecessors before it can pass by them.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “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.”

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.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it; but let all you tell be truth.”

You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it; but let all you tell be truth.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Had I the power, I would scatter libraries over the whole land, as the sower sows his wheat-field.”

Had I the power, I would scatter libraries over the whole land, as the sower sows his wheat-field.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “We must be purposely kind and generous or we miss the best part of life’s existence.”

We must be purposely kind and generous or we miss the best part of life’s existence.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “In trying to teach children a great deal in a short time, they are treated not as though the race they were to run was for life, but simply a three-mile heat.”

In trying to teach children a great deal in a short time, they are treated not as though the race they were to run was for life, but simply a three-mile heat.

— Horace Mann


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

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

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Every hand and every hour should be devoted to rescue the world from its insanity of guilt, and to assuage the pangs of human hearts with balm and anodyne. To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.”

Every hand and every hour should be devoted to rescue the world from its insanity of guilt, and to assuage the pangs of human hearts with balm and anodyne. To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.

— Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quote: “Manners are the root, laws only the trunk and branches. Manners are the archetypes of laws. Manners are laws in their infancy; laws are manners fully grown, – or, manners are children, which, when they grow up, become laws.”

Manners are the root, laws only the trunk and branches. Manners are the archetypes of laws. Manners are laws in their infancy; laws are manners fully grown, – or, manners are children, which, when they grow up, become laws.

— Horace Mann

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