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HORACE MANN
American educator and politician
(1796 - 1859)
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Ideality is the avant-courier of the mind.
      - [Ideality]

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.
      - [Belief]

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
      - [Greatness]

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

If temperance prevails, then education can prevail; if temperance fails, then education must fail.
      - [Temperance]

If the majority is insane, the sane must go to the hospital.
      - [Majority]

If you wish to write well, study the life about you,--life in the public streets.
      - [Writing]

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.
      - [Ignorance]

In our country and in our times no man is worthy the honored name of statesman who does not include the highest practicable education of the people in all his plans of administration. He may have eloquence, he may have a knowledge of all history, diplomacy, jurisprudence; and by these he might claim, in other countries, the elevated rank of a statesman: but unless he speaks, plans, labors, at all times and in all places, for the culture and edification of the whole people, he is not, he cannot be, an American statesman.
      - [Politics]

In such a world as ours the idle man is not so much a biped as a bivalve; and the wealth which breeds idleness, of which the English peerage is an example, and of which we are beginning to abound in specimens in this country, is only a sort of human oyster bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contemptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worms' banquet.
      - [Idleness]

In trying to teach children a great deal in a short time, they are treated not as though the race they were to run was for life, but simply a three-mile heat.
      - [Children]

In what pagan nation was Moloch ever propitiated by such an unbroken and swift-moving procession of victims as are offered to this Moloch of Christendom, intemperance.
      - [Intemperance]

In youth, the artless index of the mind.
      - [Face]

It has long seemed to me that it would be more honorable to our ancestors to praise them in words less, but in deeds to imitate them more.
      - [Ancestry]

It is more difficult, and calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
      - [Martyrs]

It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.
      - [Action]

Jails and state prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more you must have of the former.
      - [Education]

Knowledge has its boundary line, where it abuts on ignorance; on the outside of that boundary line are ignorance and miracles; on the inside of it are science and no miracles.
      - [Knowledge]

Let there be an entire abstinence from intoxicating drinks throughout this country during the period of a single generation, and a mob would be as impossible as combustion without oxygen.
      - [Mob]

Let us labor for that larger and larger comprehension of truth, that more and more thorough repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending developments.
      - [Progress]

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!
      - [Time]

Man is improvable. Some people think he is only a machine, and that the only difference between a man and a mill is, that one is carried by blood and the other by water.
      - [Man]

Manners are the root, laws only the trunk and branches. Manners are the archetypes of laws. Manners are laws in their infancy; laws are manners fully grown,--or, manners are children, which, when they grow up, become laws.
      - [Manners]

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
      - [Manners]

Observation--activity of both eyes and ears.
      - [Observation]


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