Horace Mann Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Observation - activity of both eyes and ears. Horace Mann

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

Knowledge is but an instrument, which the profligate and the flagitious may use as well as the brave and the just. Horace Mann

It has long seemed to me that it would be more honorable to our ancestors to praise them in words less, but in deeds to imitate them more. Horace Mann

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

Man is improvable. Some people think he is only a machine, and that the only difference between a man and a mill is, that one is carried by blood and the other by water. Horace Mann

Man ... has an inborn religious sentiment that whispers of a God to his inmost soul, as a shell taken from the deep yet echoes forever the ocean's roar. Horace Mann

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

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

NO error is infused into the young mind, to lie there dormant, or to be reproduced only when the subject of thought or action recurs to which the error belongs; but the error becomes a model or archetype, after whose likeness the active powers of the mind create a thousand other errors. Horace Mann

False conclusions which have been reasoned out are infinitely worse than blind impulse. Horace Mann

There may be frugality which is not economy. A community, that withholds the means of education from its children, withholds the bread of life and starves their souls. Horace Mann

As an innovation... the establishment of Free Schools was the boldest ever promulgated, since the commencement of the Christian era... Time has ratified its soundness. Two centuries proclaim it to be as wise as it was courageous, as beneficient as it was disinterested. It was one of those grand mental and moral experiments... The sincerity of our gratitude must be tested by our efforts to perpetuate and improve what they established. The gratitude of the lips only is an unholy offering. Horace Mann

Of all rights which command attention at the present time among us, woman's rights seem to take precedence. Horace Mann

Without undervaluing any other human agency, it may be safely affirmed that the Common School, improved and energized, as it can easily be, may become the most effective and benignant of all the forces of civilization. Two reasons sustain this position. In the first place, there is a universality in its operation, which can be affirmed of no other institution whatever... And, in the second place, the materials upon which it operates are so pliant and ductile as to be susceptible of assuming a greater variety of forms than any other earthly work of the Creator. Horace Mann

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins. Horace Mann

The education already given to the people creates the necessity of giving them more. Horace Mann

To-day Massachusetts; and the whole of the American republic, from the border of Maine to the Pacific slopes, and from the Lakes to the Gulf, stand upon the immutable and everlasting principles of equal and exact justice. The days of unrequited labor are numbered with the past. Fugitive slave laws are only remembered as relics of that barbarism which John Wesley pronounced "the sum of all villainies," and whose knowledge of its blighting effects was matured by his travels in Georgia and the Carolinas. Horace Mann

In our country and in our times no man is worthy the honored name of statesman who does not include the highest practicable education of the people in all his plans of administration. He may have eloquence, he may have a knowledge of all history, diplomacy, jurisprudence; and by these he might claim, in other countries, the elevated rank of a statesman: but unless he speaks, plans, labors, at all times and in all places, for the culture and edification of the whole people, he is not, he cannot be, an American statesman. Horace Mann

Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate. Horace Mann

We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital. As Satan said, Evil, be thou my good, so they say, Darkness, bo thou my light. Horace Mann

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

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

Knowledge has its boundary line, where it abuts on ignorance; on the outside of that boundary line are ignorance and miracles; on the inside of it are science and no miracles. Horace Mann

Every nerve that can thrill with pleasure, can also agonize with pain. Horace Mann

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

So multifarious are the different classes of truths, and so multitudinous the truths in each class, that it may be undoubtingly affirmed that no man has yet lived who could so much as name all the different classes and subdivisions of truths, and far less anyone who was acquainted with all the truths belonging to any one class. What wonderful extent, what amazing variety, what collective magnificence! And if such be the number of truths pertaining to this tiny ball of earth, how must it be in the incomprehensible immensity! Horace Mann

It is far more difficult, I assure you, to live for the truth than to die for it. Horace Mann

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. Horace Mann

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

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one's self. We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself, gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others. Horace Mann

Astronomy is one of the sublimest fields of human investigation. The mind that grasps its facts and principles receives something of the enlargement and grandeur belonging to the science itself. It is a quickener of devotion. Horace Mann

The most formidable attribute of temptation is its increasing power, its accelerating ratio of velocity. Every act of repetition increases power, diminishes resistance. It is like the letting out of waters-where a drop can go, a river can go. Whoever yields to temptation, subjects himself to the law of falling bodies. Horace Mann

You may as well borrow a person's money as his time. Horace Mann

So, in the infinitely nobler battle in which you are engaged against error and wrong, if ever repulsed or stricken down, may you always be solaced and cheered by the exulting cry of triumph over some abuse in Church or State, some vice or folly in society, some false opinion or cruelty or guilt which you have overcome! And I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann

The soul of the truly benevolent man does not seem to reside much in his own body. Its life, to a great extent, is a mere reflex of the lives of others. It migrates into their bodies, and identifying its existence with their existence, finds its own happiness in increasing and prolonging their pleasures, in extinguishing or solacing their pains. Horace Mann

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

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

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

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

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

He who cannot resist temptation is not a man. He is wanting in the highest attributes of humanity. Horace Mann

When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offence, 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. Horace Mann

Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us. Horace Mann

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

Two golden hours somewhere between sunrise and sunset. Both are set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered. They are gone forever. Horace Mann

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. Horace Mann

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. Horace Mann

Want of occupation is the bane of both men and women, perhaps more especially of the latter. Horace Mann

I look upon Phrenology as the guide to philosophy and the handmaid of Christianity. Whoever disseminates true Phrenology is a public benefactor. Horace Mann

Every school boy and school girl who has arrived at the age of reflection ought to know something about the history of the art of printing. Horace Mann

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

There is nothing derogatory in any employment which ministers to the well-being of the race. It is the spirit that is carried into an employment that elevates or degrades it. 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. Horace Mann

We are prone to seek immediate pleasure or good, however small, rather than remote pleasure or good, however vast. Horace Mann

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

Love not only occupies the higher lobes of the brain, but crowds out the lower to make room for its expansion. Horace Mann

Ignorance has been well represented under the similitude of a dungeon, where, though it is full of life, yet darkness and silence reign. But in society the bars and locks have been broken; the dungeon itself is demolished; the prisoners are out; they are in the midst of us. We have no security but to teach and renovate them. Horace Mann

There is a deeper pleasure in following truth to the scaffold or the cross, than in joining the multitudinous retinue, and mingling our shouts with theirs, when victorious error celebrates its triumphs. Horace Mann

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

Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise. Horace Mann

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

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. Horace Mann

Deeds survive the doers. Horace Mann

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

Willmott has very tersely said that embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. Horace Mann

True glory is a flame lighted at the skies. Horace Mann

Praise begets emulation,-a goodly seed to sow among youthful students. Horace Mann

Superiority to circumstances is one of the most prominent characteristics of great men. Horace Mann

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