Horace Mann

United States educator who introduced reforms that significantly altered the system of public education (1796-1859)

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Be ashamed to die unless you have won some victory for humanity.
Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.
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.
Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.
Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
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.
Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.
If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.
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.
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
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.
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.

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