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Quotes of the day: Horace Mann

Published Saturday, May 03, 2014 @ 12:22 PM EDT
May 03 2014

Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 - August 2, 1859) was an American education reformist. Arguing that universal public education was the best way to turn the nation's unruly children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens, Mann won widespread approval from modernizers, especially in his Whig Party, for building public schools. Most states adopted one version or another of the system he established in Massachusetts, especially the program for "normal schools" to train professional teachers. Mann has been credited by educational historians as the "Father of the Common School Movement". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.

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

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

Books are not made for furniture but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A house without books is like a room without windows.

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. We must purposely be kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart which goes out of itself gets large and full. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.

Dynasties and governments used to be attacked and defended by arms; now the attack and the defence are mainly carried on by types. (referring to the printing press)

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

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.

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

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.

Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.

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

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

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

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

It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ten men have failed from defect in morals, where one has failed from defect in intellect.

The most ignorant are the most conceited.

The poniard and the stiletto were once the resource of a murderous spirit; now the vengeance, which formerly would assassinate in the dark, libels character, in the light of day, through the medium of the press.

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.

Whether a young man shall reap pleasure or pain from winning the objects of his choice, depends, not only upon his wisdom or folly in selecting those objects, but upon the right or wrong methods by which he pursues them.

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Quotes of the day: Pete Seeger

Published Saturday, May 03, 2014 @ 9:58 AM EDT
May 03 2014

(Associated Press photo: Mark Constantini)

Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good song reminds us what we're fighting for.

According to my definition of God, I'm not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I'm looking at God. Whenever I'm listening to something, I'm listening to God.

Being generous in spirit is a wonderful way to live.

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.

For victory brings power and prestige
And the children of the children of the fighters take all for
granted and in turn oppress.
(lyric from Perchance to Win)

I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.

I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think.

I say 'the hell with it' every night around 9:30 then get up the next morning. Besides, if you sing for children, you can't really say there's no hope.

I'm against big things. I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things. Too many things can go wrong when they get big.

I've never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in- as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U.S.A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it's kind of a religion with me. Participation. That's what's going to save the human race.

If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.

If there is still a human race here in a hundred years, I think it will be thanks to music.

If there's something wrong, speak up!

It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.

My head, my life is full of grand ideas which never have worked out.

Not everybody has to sing the melody.

Once upon a time, wasn't singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion?

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.

Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.

Technology will save us if it doesn’t wipe us out first.

The good and bad are all tangled up together. American popular music is loved around the world because of its African rhythm. But that wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for slavery.

The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.

The world will be saved when people realize we all have to pitch in. You can't just pay your money and hope that someone else will do the job right.

There is hardly anything bad in the world that doesn't have something good connected to it.

Use the brains God gave you. If we use the brains God gave us, there will still be a human race here after years, but if all we do is say, God will you please save the human race? Won't you please send me to heaven? And this world comes to hell.

We all go to different churches or no churches, we have different favorite foods, different ways of making love, different ways of doing all sorts of things, but there we’re all singing together. Gives you hope.

When you play the 12-string guitar, you spend half your life tuning the instrument and the other half playing it out of tune.

You know, a song can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people, and when people ask me what does this song mean, I say whatever it means to you it means.


A marvelous conversation with Pete Seeger.


YouTube video: "R.I.P Pete"


YouTube video: Pete Seeger talks about the loss of his wife.

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