Horace Mann


American Education Reformer

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So far as I have observed in this life, ten men have failed from defect in morals where one has failed from defect in intellect.

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.

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

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

There is nothing so costly as ignorance.

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

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 do of colors.

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.

Let us labor for that larger comprehension of truth, and that more thorough repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending developments.

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.

It is well when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how much better to diffuse the truths already discovered amongst the multitudes. Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power; and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions of truths may be propagated amongst the people ... The whole land must be watered with the streams of knowledge.

Keep one thing forever in view - the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinions of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.

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

Education, then, 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. Agrarianism is the revenge of poverty against wealth.

Deeds survive the doers.

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

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

Both poetry and philosophy are prodigal of eulogy over the mind which ransoms itself by its own energy from a captivity to custom, which breaks the common bounds of empire, and cuts a Simplon over mountains of difficulty for its own purpose, whether of good or of evil.

A teacher should, above all things, first induce a desire in the pupil for the acquisition he wishes to impart.

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 a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.

When you introduce into our schools a spirit of emulation, you have present the keenest spur admissible to the youthful intellect.

[Paraphrase] The professional artist is morally suspect, even socially dangerous, conman, who from a deliberately chosen position of spiritual alienation, yet offers the ambiguous, self-serving products of his art, in expectation not only of support and remuneration, but also of social approval and even adoration as genius.

When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offense, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one’s own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.

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

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

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American Education Reformer