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Horace Mann is a man who has made his mark in history. He was an educator that helped create the modern American school system, and he also played a major role in the development of public education in Massachusetts. His ideas about teaching children have been influential to this day, and many schools across America take part in his philosophy.

Here are the deepest Education words from Horace Mann.

Here are the most inspiring Knowledge, Error, Books, Education, Cause, Children, Truth Education quotes from Horace Mann, and much more.


About Horace Mann

birth of the author

May 4, 1796

death of the author

August 2, 1859

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college of the author

Alma Mater:
Brown University Litchfield Law School

occupation of the author

Lawyer Educator College President


Knowledge is a mimic creation. — Horace Mann

The false man is more false to himself than to any one else. He may despoil others, but himself is the chief loser. The world’s scorn he might sometimes forget, but the knowledge of his own perfidy is undying. — Horace Mann

Great knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been well instructed, but still greater knowledge is requisite to instruct those who have been neglected. — Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power. — Horace Mann

knowledge is a mimic creation Horace Mann quote

Knowledge is but an instrument, which the profligate and the flagitious may use as well as the brave and the just. — Horace Mann

But let a man know that there are things to be known, of which he is ignorant, and it is so much carved out of his domain of universal knowledge. — Horace Mann

Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal. — Horace Mann

New constellations of truth are daily discovered in the firmament of knowledge, and new stars are daily shining forth in each constellation. — Horace Mann

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

every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power Horace Mann quote

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. — Horace Mann

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge. — Horace Mann

Ideality is the avant–courier of the mind. — Horace Mann


Education is an organic necessity of a human being. — Horace Mann

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge. — Horace Mann

education is an organic necessity of a human being Horace Mann quote

If temperance prevails, then education can prevail; if temperance fails, then education must fail. — Horace Mann

Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man. — Horace Mann

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity. — Horace Mann

The education already given to the people creates the necessity of giving them more. — Horace Mann

There is not a good work which the hand of man has ever undertaken, which his heart has ever conceived, which does not require a good education for its helper. — Horace Mann

education is our only political safety outside of this ark all is deluge Horace Mann quote

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

School is the cheapest police. — Horace Mann

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

Teaching isn’t one–tenth as effective as training. — Horace Mann


No man has the right to bring up children without surrounding them with books. — Horace Mann

no man has the right to bring up children without surrounding them with books Horace Mann quote

Great books are written for Christianity much oftener than great deeds are done for it. City libraries tell us of the reign of Jesus Christ but city streets tell us of the reign of Satan. — Horace Mann

A house without books is like a room without windows. — Horace Mann

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. — Horace Mann

Give me a house furnished with books rather than furniture! Both, if you can, but books at any rate! — Horace Mann


You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it; but let all you tell be truth. — Horace Mann

it is far more difficult i assure you to live for the truth than to die for it Horace Mann quote

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both. — Horace Mann

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It is far more difficult, I assure you, to live for the truth than to die for it. — Horace Mann

As all truth is from God, it necessarily follows that true science and true religion can never be at variance. — Horace Mann

Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth. — Horace Mann

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

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


When will society, like a mother, take care of all her children? — Horace Mann

Willmott has very tersely said that embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. — Horace Mann

Education must bring the practice as nearly as possible to the theory. As the children now are, so will the sovereigns soon be. — Horace Mann

After a child has arrived at the legal age for attending school,–whether he be the child of noble or of peasant,–the only two absolute grounds of exemption from attendance are sickness and death. — Horace Mann

when will society like a mother take care of all her children Horace Mann quote

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. — Horace Mann


No combatants are so unequally matched as when one is shackled with error, while the other rejoices in the self–demonstrability of truth. — Horace Mann

He who shuts out truth, by the same act opens the door to all the error that supplies its place. — Horace Mann

Spurn not at seeming error, but dig below its surface for the truth; And beware of seeming truths that grow on the roots of error. — Horace Mann

Let us labor for that larger comprehension of truth, and that more thorough repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending developments. — Horace Mann

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


Every event in this world is the effect of some precedent cause, and also the cause of some subsequent effect. — Horace Mann

Time is a seedfield; in youth we sow it with causes; in after life we reap the harvest of effects. — Horace Mann

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

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

On the face of it, it must be a bad cause which will not bear discussion. Truth seeks light instead of shunning it. — Horace Mann


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