65 Horace Mann Quotes On Success In Life

Horace Mann was an American educational reformer and Whig politician known for his commitment to promoting public education. In 1848, after public service as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann was elected to the United States House of Representatives . From September 1852 to his death, he served as President of Antioch College.

He then studied law for a short time in Wrentham, Massachusetts and was a tutor of Latin and Greek ( and a librarian  at Brown. During 1822, he also studied at Litchfield Law School and, in 1823, was admitted to the bar in Dedham, Massachusetts. These Horace Mann quotes will motivate you.

Best Horace Mann Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “Forts, arsenals, garrisons, armies, navies, are means of security and defence, 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
  3. “Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.” ~ Horace Mann
  4. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ~ Horace Mann
  5. “On entering this world our starting-point is ignorance. None, however, but idiots remain there.” ~ Horace Mann

  6. “A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.” ~ Horace Mann
  7. “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
  8. Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.” ~ Horace Mann
  9. “If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.” ~ Horace Mann
  10. “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
  11. “Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.” ~ Horace Mann

  12. “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
  13. “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” ~ Horace Mann
  14. “A house without books is like a room without windows.” ~ Horace Mann, Horace Mann quotes on books
  15. “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” ~ Horace Mann
  16. “Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.” ~ Horace Mann
  17. “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
  18. “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” ~ Horace Mann

  19. “The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.” ~ Horace Mann
  20. “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
  21. “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” ~ Horace Mann, Horace Mann quotes teachers
  22. “There is nothing so costly as ignorance.” ~ Horace Mann
  23. “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
  24. “School is the cheapest police.” ~ Horace Mann
  25. “Superiority to circumstances is one of the most prominent characteristics of great men.” ~ Horace Mann

  26. “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, Horace Mann quotes education
  27. “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, Horace Mann quotes be ashamed
  28. “It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.” ~ Horace Mann
  29. “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.” ~ Horace Mann

  30. “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
  31. “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
  32. “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
  33. “Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.” ~ Horace Mann

  34. “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
  35. “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
  36. “The Chinese have an excellent proverb: “Be modest in speech, but excel in action.” ~ Horace Mann, Horace Mann quotes chinese
  37. “When will society, like a mother, take care of all her children?” ~ Horace Mann
  38. “Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.” ~ Horace Mann
  39. “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

  40. “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
  41. “Patient perseverance in well doing is infinitely harder than a sudden and impulsive self-sacrifice.” ~ Horace Mann
  42. “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
  43. “As all truth is from God, it necessarily follows that true science and true religion can never be at variance.” ~ Horace Mann

  44. “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
  45. “You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.” ~ Horace Mann
  46. “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, Horace Mann quotes unfaithfulness
  47. “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.” ~ Horace Mann
  48. “Knowledge is but an instrument, which the profligate and the flagitious may use as well as the brave and the just.” ~ Horace Mann
  49. “Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications.” ~ Horace Mann
  50. “Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.” ~ Horace Mann

  51. “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.” ~ Horace Mann
  52. “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.” ~ Horace Mann
  53. “It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.” ~ Horace Mann

  54. “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.” ~ Horace Mann
  55. “Those who exert the first influence upon the mind have the greatest power.” ~ Horace Mann
  56. “If you can express yourself so as to be perfectly understood in ten words, never use a dozen.” ~ Horace Mann

  57. “Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.” ~ Horace Mann
  58. “As each generation comes into the world devoid of knowledge, its first duty is to obtain possession of the stores already amassed. It must overtake its predecessors before it can pass by them.” ~ Horace Mann
  59. “There is a deeper pleasure in following truth to the scaffold or the cross, than in joining the multitudinous retinue, and mingling our shouts with theirs, when victorious error celebrates its triumphs.” ~ Horace Mann
  60. “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
  61. “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

  62. “We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital.” ~ Horace Mann
  63. “Let but the public mind become once thoroughly corrupt, and all attempts to secure property, liberty or life, by mere force of laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed notices in an orchard to keep off the canker-worms.” ~ Horace Mann
  64. “The most formidable attribute of temptation is its increasing power, its accelerating ratio of velocity. Every act of repetition increases power, diminishes resistance. It is like the letting out of waters-where a drop can go, a river can go. Whoever yields to temptation, subjects himself to the law of falling bodies.” ~ Horace Mann
  65. “The living soul of man, once conscious of its power, cannot be quelled.” ~ Horace Mann

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