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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Horace Mann (1796–1859)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: HORACE MANN, twelfth annual report to the Massachusetts State Board of Education, 1848.—Life and Works of Horace Mann, ed. Mrs. Mary Mann, vol. 3, p. 669 (1868).

Mann served in Congress 1848–1853.
SUBJECTS: Education