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HORACE MANN
American educator and politician
(1796 - 1859)
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A teacher should, above all things, first induce a desire in the pupil for the acquisition he wishes to impart.
      - [Teaching]

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

Above all, let the poor hang up the amulet of temperance in their homes.
      - [Temperance]

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.
      - [Affectation]

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.
      - [Education]

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.
      - [Astronomy]

Avoid witticisms at the expense of others.
      - [Wit]

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
      - [Shame]

Be careful never to retire to rest in a room not properly ventilated.
      - [Ventilation]

Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records.
      - [Biography]

Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.
      - [Truth]

Both poetry and philosophy are prodigal of eulogy over the mind which ransoms itself by its own energy from a captivity to custom, which breaks the common bounds of empire, and cuts a Simplon over mountains of difficulty for its own purposes, whether of good or of evil.
      - [Self-reliance]

Deeds survive the doers.
      - [Deeds]

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.
      - [Opinion]

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

Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.
      - [Education]

Education is our only political safety.
      - [Teaching]

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
      - [Education]

Education must bring the practice as nearly as possible to the theory. As the children now are, so will the sovereigns soon be.
      - [Education]

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.
      - [Slavery]

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]

Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.
      - [Genius]

Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that which is better than life.
      - [Books]

Great books are written for Christianity much oftener than great deeds are done for it. City libraries tell us of the reign of Jesus Christ but city streets tell us of the reign of Satan.
      - [Christianity]

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
      - [Habit]


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