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Horace Mann
(4 May 1796 - 2 Aug 1859)

American education reformer who has been called the father of American public education, working tirelessly as a champion of the non-privileged classes and fighting injustices in the 19th-century American educational system.

Science Quotes by Horace Mann (15 quotes)

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
In Thoughts Selected From the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), 41.
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomy (175)  |  Devotion (24)  |  Enlargement (6)  |  Fact (609)  |  Field (119)  |  Grandeur (15)  |  Investigation (123)  |  Mind (544)  |  Principle (228)  |  Sublime (18)

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
— Horace Mann
Epitaph on monument over his grave. Quoted in Thomas Williams Bicknell et al., Education (1912), 647
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (227)  |  Death (270)  |  Epitaph (19)  |  Humanity (104)  |  Shame (12)  |  Victory (24)

Education is an organic necessity of a human being.
— Horace Mann
In Thoughts Selected From the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), 235.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)  |  Human Being (54)  |  Necessity (125)  |  Organic (48)

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
Twelfth Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education (1948). Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 4, 251.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)

Finally, in regard to those who possess the largest shares in the stock of worldly goods, could there, in your opinion, be any police so vigilant and effetive, for the protections of all the rights of person, property and character, as such a sound and comprehensive education and training, as our system of Common Schools could be made to impart; and would not the payment of a sufficient tax to make such education and training universal, be the cheapest means of self-protection and insurance?
— Horace Mann
Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Board of Education of Massachusetts for the years 1839-1844, Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 3, 100.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)  |  Insurance (9)  |  Tax (19)  |  Training (39)

If ever there can be a cause worthy to be upheld by all toil or sacrifice that the human heart can endure, it is the cause of education.
— Horace Mann
Thoughts Selected from the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (231)  |  Education (280)  |  Sacrifice (24)  |  Toil (10)

It is impossible for us adequately to conceive the boldness of the measure which aimed at universal education through the establishment of free schools. ... it had no precedent in the world's history ... But time has ratified its soundness. Two centuries proclaim it to be as wise as it was courageous, as beneficient as it was disinterested. ... The establishment of free schools was one of those grand mental and moral experiments whose effects could not be developed and made manifest in a single generation. ... The sincerity of our gratitude must be tested by our efforts to perpetuate and improve what they established. The gratitude of the lips only is an unholy offering.
— Horace Mann
Tenth Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education (1946). Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 4, 111-112.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)  |  School (87)

It is supposed that the ancients were ignorant of the law in hydraulics, by which water, in a tube, will rise as high as the fountain-head; and hence they carried their stupendous aqueducts horizontally, from hill-top to hill-top, upon lofty arches, with an incredible expenditure of labor and money. The knowledge of a single law, now familiar to every well-instructed school-boy,— namely, that water seeks a level, and, if not obstructed, will find it,—enables the poorest man of the present day to do what once demanded the wealth of an empire. The beautiful fragments of the ancient Roman aqueducts, which have survived the ravage of centuries, are often cited to attest the grandeur and power of their builders. To me, they are monuments, not of their power, but of their weakness.
— Horace Mann
In Thoughts Selected From the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), 231.
Science quotes on:  |  Grandeur (15)  |  Level (51)  |  Monument (19)  |  Roman (16)  |  Water (244)  |  Weakness (31)

Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.
— Horace Mann
'A Few Thoughts for a Young Man' Monthly Literary Miscellany (1851), Vol. 4 & 5, 155.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (151)  |  Breath (24)  |  Divine (42)  |  Light (246)  |  Lost (28)  |  Marvel (24)  |  Moral (100)  |  Paradise (7)  |  Truth (750)  |  Walk (56)

Teachers should be able to teach subjects, not manuals merely.
— Horace Mann
Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Board of Education of Massachusetts for the years 1839-1844, Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 3, 58.
Science quotes on:  |  Manual (7)  |  Subject (129)  |  Teacher (90)

The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil to learn is hammering on cold iron.
— Horace Mann
Thoughts Selected from the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), 225.
Science quotes on:  |  Effectiveness (10)  |  Inspiration (50)  |  Iron (53)  |  Pupil (16)  |  Teacher (90)

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
In Rush Welter, American Writings on Popular Education: The Nineteenth Century (1971), 76.
Science quotes on:  |  Child (189)  |  Community (65)  |  Economy (46)  |  Education (280)  |  Soul (139)  |  Starvation (9)

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
Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Board of Education of Massachusetts for the years 1845-1848, Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 4, 228.
Science quotes on:  |  Artisan (7)  |  Discovery (591)  |  Education (280)  |  Farmer (23)  |  Human Nature (51)  |  Inventor (49)  |  Jurist (3)  |  Machinery (25)  |  Philanthropist (2)  |  Scholar (31)

When will society, like a mother, take care of all her children?
— Horace Mann
Journal (31 May 1837). In Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), 73.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)  |  Mother (59)  |  Society (188)

Without undervaluing any other human agency, it may be safely affirmed that the Common School, improved and energized, as it can easily be, may become the most effective and benignant of all the forces of civilization. Two reasons sustain this position. In the first place, there is a universality in its operation, which can be affirmed of no other institution whatever... And, in the second place, the materials upon which it operates are so pliant and ductile as to be susceptible of assuming a greater variety of forms than any other earthly work of the Creator.
— Horace Mann
Twelfth Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education (1948). Life and Works of Horace Mann (1891), Vol. 4, 232-233.
Science quotes on:  |  Civilization (155)  |  School (87)



Quotes by others about Horace Mann (1)

In 1847 I gave an address at Newton, Mass., before a Teachers’ Institute conducted by Horace Mann. My subject was grasshoppers. I passed around a large jar of these insects, and made every teacher take one and hold it while I was speaking. If any one dropped the insect, I stopped till he picked it up. This was at that time a great innovation, and excited much laughter and derision. There can be no true progress in the teaching of natural science until such methods become general.
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