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Horace Mann, American Educator ( May 4, 1796 - August 2, 1859 )

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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


Time Sunset Sunrise

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


Death Humanity Victory

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


Education Political Safety

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.~Horace Mann


Truth Great Greatness

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


Education Great Men

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.~Horace Mann


Education Heights Human

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


Determination Wait See

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


Teacher Learn Teach

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


Children Man Windows

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.~Horace Mann


Manners Morals Mature

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.~Horace Mann


Day Habit Thread

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


Education Best Alone

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.~Horace Mann


Doing Nothing Others

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.~Horace Mann


Knowledge Power True

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


Light Truth Lost

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


Education Day End

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


Teacher Learn Teach

Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.~Horace Mann


Good Evil Should

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


Think Divine Act

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


Men Evil Wicked

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.~Horace Mann


Good God Evil

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.~Horace Mann


Fear Human Pity

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


Fear Heart Child

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.~Horace Mann


Truth Man Greatness

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


Time Money May

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.~Horace Mann


Life Death Fear