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Horace Mann Quotes

(1796-1859), American Educator

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

Category: Action

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. It is a wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost always a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Character

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

Category: Charity

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.

Category: Correction

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

Category: Education

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

Category: Education

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.

Category: Education

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.

Category: Generosity

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

Category: Habit

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

Category: Habit

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

Category: Ignorance

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.

Category: Manners

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

Category: Martyrdom

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.

Category: Morality