Horace Mann Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old horace mann quotes, horace mann sayings, and horace mann proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.     

Horace Mann

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.      

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

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

Horace Mann

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.     

Horace Mann

Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that whic     

Horace Mann

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

The living soul of man, once conscious of its power, cannot be quelled.     

Horace Mann

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.     

Horace Mann

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

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on cold iron.     

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.     

Horace Mann

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

Horace Mann

A house without books is like a room without windows.     

Horace Mann

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

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

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.     

Horace Mann

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.     

Horace Mann

It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.     

Horace Mann

A house without books is like a room without windows.     

Horace Mann

A teacher should, above all things, first induce a desire in the pupil for the acquisition he wishes to impart.     

Horace Mann

Wealth which breeds idleness ... 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-worm's banquet.     

Horace Mann

Every nerve that can thrill with pleasure, can also agonize with pain.     

Horace Mann

The devil tempts men through their ambition, their cupidity, or their appetite, until he comes to the profane swearer, whom he clutches without any reward.     

Horace Mann

To know the machine one must know where each part belongs, and what its office is.     

Horace Mann

False conclusions which have been reasoned out are infinitely worse than blind impulse.     

Horace Mann

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.     

Horace Mann