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HORACE MANN
American educator and politician
(1796 - 1859)
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Of all "rights" which command attention at the present time among us, woman's rights seem to take precedence.
      - [Right]

Our pious ancestors enacted a law that suicides should be buried where four roads meet, and that a cart-load of stones should be thrown upon the body. Yet when gentlemen or ladies commit suicide, not by cord or steel, but by turtle-soup or lobster-salad, they may be buried in consecrated ground, and under the auspices of the Church; and the public are not ashamed to read an epitaph on their tombstones false enough to make the marble blush. Were the barbarous old law now in force that punished the body of the suicide for the offence of his soul, we should find many a Mount Auburn at the cross-roads.
      - [Suicide]

Perhaps I do not know what I was made for; but one thing I certainly never was made for, and that is to put principles on and off at the dictation of a party, as a lackey changes his livery at his master's command.
      - [Politics]

Praise begets emulation,--a goodly seed to sow among youthful students.
      - [Praise]

Reproof is a medicine like mercury or opium; if it be improperly administered, it will do harm instead of good.
      - [Reproof]

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.
      - [Reading]

Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.
      - [Schools]

Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.
      - [Truth]

Superiority to circumstances is one of the most prominent characteristics of great men.
      - [Circumstance]

Temptation is a fearful word. It indicates the beginning of a possible series of infinite evils. It is the ringing of an alarm bell, whose melancholy sounds may reverberate through eternity. Like the sudden, sharp cry of "Fire!" under our windows by night, it should rouse us to instantaneous action, and brace every muscle to its highest tension.
      - [Temptation]

Ten men have failed from defect in morals where one has failed from defect in intellect.
      - [Morality]

Thank Heaven, the female heart is untenantable by atheism.
      - [Atheism]

The Chinese have an excellent proverb: "Be modest in speech, but excel in action."
      - [Speech]

The devil tempts men through their ambition, their cupidity, or their appetite, until he comes to the profane swearer, whom he clutches without any reward.
      - [Profanity]

The great aim of human life.
      - [Usefulness]

The most precious wine is produced upon the sides of volcanoes. Now bold and inspiring ideals are only born of a clear head that stands over a glowing heart.
      - [Earnestness]

The pulpit only "teaches" to be honest; the market-place "trains" to overreaching and fraud; and teaching has not a tithe of the efficiency of training. Christ never wrote a tract, but He went about doing good.
      - [Example]

The soul of the truly benevolent man does not seem to reside much in his own body. Its life, to a great extent, is a mere reflex of the lives of others. It migrates into their bodies, and identifying its existence with their existence, finds its own happiness in increasing and prolonging their pleasures, in extinguishing or solacing their pains.
      - [Charity]

To-day Massachusetts; and the whole of the American republic, from the border of Maine to the Pacific slopes, and from the Lakes to the Gulf, stand upon the immutable and everlasting principles of equal and exact justice. The days of unrequited labor are numbered with the past. Fugitive slave laws are only remembered as relics of that barbarism which John Wesley pronounced "the sum of all villainies," and whose knowledge of its blighting effects was matured by his travels in Georgia and the Carolinas.
      - [Emancipation Day]

True glory is a flame lighted at the skies.
      - [Glory]

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.
      - [Punctuality]

Want of occupation is the bane of both men and women, perhaps more especially of the latter.
      - [Occupations]

We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital.
      - [Majority]

When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offence, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one's own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.
      - [Childhood : Children]

When you introduce into our schools a spirit of emulation, you have present the keenest spur admissible to the youthful intellect.
      - [Education]


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