Horace Mann

Horace Mann
Horace Mann
  • Born: May 4, 1796
  • Died: August 2, 1859
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer, Educator, College President









Horace Mann was an American educational reformer inspired by the work of the Whig dedicated to promoting public education. A central theme of his life was that "it is the law of our nature to desire happiness. This law is not local, but universal; not temporary, but eternal. It is not a law to be proved by exceptions, for it knows no exception." He served in the Massachusetts State legislature (1827–1837). In 1848, after public service as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann was elected to the United States House of Representatives (1848–1853). From September 1852 to his death, he served as President of Antioch College.

Quote Topics Cited
Agitate, Agitate, Agitate. But only for a good cause and in a proper manner. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Death ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Education ... is the great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance wheel of the social machinery. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Education … is the great equalizer of all the other conditions of men. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power Power
For any human government, then, to attempt to coerce and predetermine the religious opinions of children by law, and contrary to the will of their parents, is unspeakable more criminal than the usurpation of such control over the opinions of men.... The sovereign antidote against these machinations is free schools for all, and the right of every parent to determine the religious education of his children. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
He who dethrones the idea of law, bids chaos welcome in its stead. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Henceforth, as long as l hold this office, I dedicate myself to the supremest welfare of mankind upon earth. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
If he makes out Pierce to be either a brave or a great man, then it will be the greatest work of fiction he ever wrote. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If we do not prepare children to be good citizens; if we do not develop their capacities, if we do not enrich their minds with knowledge, imbue their hearts with love of truth and duty, and a reverence for all things sacred and holy, then our republic must go down to destruction as others have gone before it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In our town meetings, and in our school district meetings, wealthy and substantial men oppose the grant of $15 to a school library, and of $30 for both library and apparatus; while at West Point they spend $50 in a single lesson at target firing, and the government keeps a hundred horses, and grooms and blacksmiths to take care of them, as an indispensable part of the apparatus of the academy. The pupils of our Normal schools, who are preparing to become teachers, must maintain themselves; the cadets at the academy receive $28 a month, during their entire term, as a compensation for being educated at the public expense. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
School-houses are the republican line of fortifications Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The establishment of a republican government without well-appointed and efficient means for the universal education of the people is the most rash and foolhardy experiment ever tried by man. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The son of the coarsest man in the country, if he attends to his learning may become President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike. Welfare
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.
A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power
Evil and good are God's right hand and left. Religion & God
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. Life ;Death
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both. Truth
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.
It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.
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.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
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
Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
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.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise. Truth
Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Truth
The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.