Let but the public mind become once thoroughly corrupt, and all attempts to secure property, liberty or life, by mere force of laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed notices in an orchard to keep off the canker-worms.
As quoted in The Albany Law Journal Vol. XLIX (January - June 1894), p. 47; also paraphrased as: "Let the public mind become corrupt, and all efforts to secure property, liberty, or life by the force of laws written on paper will be as vain as putting up a sign in an apple orchard to exclude canker worms."
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.Horace Mann
Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.Horace Mann
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.Horace Mann
We put things in order — God does the rest. Lay an iron bar east and west, it is not magnetized. Lay it north and south and it is.Horace Mann
A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.Horace Mann
Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.Horace Mann
Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.Horace Mann
Just in proportion as a man becomes good, divine, Christ-like, he passes out of the region of theorizing, of system-building, and hireling service, into the region of beneficent activities. It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.Horace Mann
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.Horace Mann
Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.Horace Mann
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.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
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.Horace Mann