100+ Horace Mann Quotes About Education

Horace Mann Quotes | Horace Mann was born on May 4, 1796. He was an American educational reformer, slavery abolitionist and Whig politician known for his commitment to promoting public education.

His father was a farmer without much money. From ten years of age to twenty, he had no more than six weeks’ schooling during any year, but he made use of the Franklin Public Library, the first public library in America. At the age of twenty, he enrolled at Brown University and graduated in three years as valedictorian.

In 1848, after public service as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann was elected to the United States House of Representatives (1848–1853). From September 1852 to his death, he served as President of Antioch College.

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Horace Mann Quotes Education


“Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.”

– Horace Mann


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

Horace Mann


“Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.”

– Horace Mann


“Education must bring the practice as nearly as possible to the theory.”

– Horace Mann


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“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.”

– Horace Mann


“Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power”

– Horace Mann


“I hold Education to be an organic necessity of a human being.”

– Horace Mann


“Public Education is the cornerstone of our community and our democracy.”

– Horace Mann


“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

– Horace Mann


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“School is the cheapest police.”

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


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

– Horace Mann


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

– Horace Mann


“When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement.”

– Horace Mann


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“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.”

– Horace Mann


“Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience and care.”

– Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quotes Education


“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.”

– Horace Mann


“In youth, the artless index of the mind.”

– Horace Mann


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“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”

– Horace Mann


“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

– Horace Mann


“Ideality is the avant-courier of the mind.”

– Horace Mann


“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

– Horace Mann


“We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“The Chinese have an excellent proverb: ‘Be modest in speech, but excel in action’.”

– Horace Mann


“No man has the right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.”

– Horace Mann


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

– Horace Mann


“Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.”

– Horace Mann


“Avoid witticisms at the expense of others.”

– Horace Mann


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“We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital”

– Horace Mann


“If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.”

– Horace Mann


“It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.”

– Horace Mann


“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”

– Horace Mann


“You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”

– Horace Mann


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“Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.”

– Horace Mann


“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

– Horace Mann


“Whatever advice you give, be brief.”

– Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quotes On Standardized Testing


“Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“Superiority to circumstances is one of the most prominent characteristics of great men.”

– Horace Mann


“Astronomy is one of the sublimes fields of human investigation.”

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

– Horace Mann


“To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“Deeds survive the doers.”

– Horace Mann


“Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.”

– Horace Mann


“If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable.”

– Horace Mann


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

– Horace Mann


“If any man seeks greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.”

– Horace Mann


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

– 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. “

– Horace Mann


“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”

– Horace Mann


“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

– Horace Mann


“Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

– Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quotes On Education


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

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

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

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


“Forts, arsenals, garrisons, armies, navies, are means of security and defense, which were invented in half-civilized times and in feudal or despotic countries; but schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications, and if they are dismantled and dilapidated, ignorance and vice will pour in their legions through every breach.”

– Horace Mann


“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

– Horace Mann


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

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“On entering this world our starting-point is ignorance. None, however, but idiots remain there.”

– Horace Mann


“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

– 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


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

– Horace Mann


Horace Mann Quotes Public Education


“If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“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


“Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.”

– Horace Mann


“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

– Horace Mann


“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

– Horace Mann


“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

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

– Horace Mann


“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.”

– Horace Mann


“Under the Providence of God, our means of education are the grand machinery by which the ‘raw material’ of human nature can be worked up into inventors and discoverers, into skilled artisans and scientific farmers, into scholars and jurists, into the founders of benevolent institutions, and the great expounders of ethical and theological science.”

– Horace Mann


“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”

– Horace Mann


“The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“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


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

– Horace Mann


Short Horace Mann Quotes Education


“There is nothing so costly as ignorance.”

– 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


“School is the cheapest police.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“Superiority to circumstances is one of the most prominent characteristics of great men.”

– Horace Mann


“If ever there was a cause, if ever there can be a cause, worthy to be upheld by all of toil or sacrifice that the human heart can endure, it is the cause of Education.”

– 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


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

– Horace Mann


“To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“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


Horace Mann Beliefs And Faith


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

– 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.”

– Horace Mann


“Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes Images

“It is well, when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how much better to diffuse the truths already discovered, amongst the multitude! Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power; and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions may be propagated amongst the people. Diffusion, then, rather than discovery, is the duty of our government.”

– Horace Mann


“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.”

– Horace Mann


“The Chinese have an excellent proverb: “Be modest in speech, but excel in action.”

– Horace Mann


“When will society, like a mother, take care of all her children?”

– Horace Mann


“Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.”

– Horace Mann


“We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.”

– Horace Mann


“In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. 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 speak of color.”

– Horace Mann


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Horace Mann Quotes On Truth, Belief


“Patient perseverance in well doing is infinitely harder than a sudden and impulsive self-sacrifice.”

– Horace Mann


“Truths, no matter how momentous or enduring, are nothing to the individual until he appreciates them, and feels their force, and acknowledges their sovereignty. He cannot bow to their majesty until he sees their power. All the blind then, and all the ignorant–that is, all the children–must be educated up to the point of perceiving and admitting the truth, and acting according to its mandates.”

– Horace Mann


“As all truth is from God, it necessarily follows that true science and true religion can never be at variance.”

– Horace Mann


“The earth flourishes, or is overrun with noxious weeds and brambles, as we apply or withhold the cultivating hand. So fares it with the intellectual system of man.”

– Horace Mann


“You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”

– 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



“Astronomy is one of the sublimes 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 quickened of devotion.”

– 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


“Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.”

– Horace Mann


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