Using these quotes, have the students write their feelings and come up with a quote about education. Take these student quotes and mix them with Mann's quotes. See if the students can identify Mann's from the others. For more basic classes, you may wish to skip this activity. The first quote is his most famous.
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
"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 10 years ago."
"Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain 15 minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year."
"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."
"If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both."
"Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it."