Sunday, November 16, 2008

Horace Mann

Some Philosophical quotes to think about by Horace Mann.

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

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

Avoid witticisms (Jokes or witty remarks) at the expense of others.

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge(water or floods).

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.

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.

Habit is a cable(Habits are cables); 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.

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 (capable of being remedied).

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

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.

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.

Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise.

To pity distress(pain) is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
[To feel sorry for someone's pain is human, but to relieve it is godlike. A better translation if the original quote was hard to read for you.]

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.

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.



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