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1796 - 1859, American educator

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die before you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann

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

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.
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Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
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A house without books is like a room without windows.
Horace Mann

The laws of nature are sublime, but there is a moral sublimity before which the highest
intelligences must kneel and adore.
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A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is
hammering on cold iron.
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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.
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It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.
Horace Mann

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and
infinite in quantity.
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We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as
having given hostages to our cause.
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If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find
both.
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We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.
Horace Mann

Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks
by its light, has found the lost paradise. For him, a new heaven and a new earth have already
been created.
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Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
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A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.
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To know how much there is that we do not know, is one of the most valuable parts of our
attainments; for such knowledge becomes both a lesson of humility and a stimulus to
exertion.
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Books are not made for furniture but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Horace Mann

The false man is more false to himself than to any one else. He may despoil others, but
himself is the chief loser. The world's scorn he might sometimes forget, but the knowledge of
his own perfidy is undying.
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Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the
conditions of men.
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I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their
acts.
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Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.
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Knowledge can be acquired, diffused, perpetuated. An invisible, inaudible, intangible thought
in the silent chambers of the mind, breaks away from its confinement, becomes imbodied in a
sign, is multiplied by myriads, traverses the earth, and goes resounding down to the latest
posterity.
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Let us labor for that larger and larger comprehension of truth, that more and more thorough
repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending
developments.
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If you can express yourself so as to be perfectly understood in ten words, never use a dozen.
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Love not only occupies the higher lobes of the brain, but crowds out the lower to make room
for its expansion.
Horace Mann

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.
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We are prone to seek immediate pleasure or good, however small, rather than remote pleasure
or good, however vast.
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Time is a seedfield: In youth we sow it with causes; in after life we reap the harvest of
effects.
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Habit is a cable. We weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
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As all truth is from God, it necessarily follows that true science and true religion can never be
at variance.
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