Horace Mann Quotes

Most popular Horace Mann Quotes

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
— Horace Mann
It is well to think well; it is Divine to act well.
— Horace Mann
I hold Education to be an organic necessity of a human being.

education

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

advisory victory

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

charity affectation

Every nerve that can thrill with pleasure can also agonize with pain.

pleasure and pain

A human being is not, in any proper sense, a human being till he is educated.
— Horace Mann
Habit is a cable.  We weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.

habit

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

voting

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
— Horace Mann
Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.

injustice

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

for teachers parenting

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

teaching

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

ignorance

The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
— Horace Mann
Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day.
— Horace Mann

progress

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.

example

The Common School, improved and energized, as it can easily be, may become the most effective and benignant of all the forces of civilization.
— Horace Mann

school

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.

generosity

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

disagreement flexible thinking

Even the choicest literature should be taken as the condiment, and not as the sustenance of life.  It should be neither the warp nor the woof of existence, but only the flowery edging upon its borders.

literature

The wealth which breeds idleness...is only a sort of human oyster-bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worm's banquet.

wealth