William Bennett Quotes

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William Bennett Quotes

I do know that its true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could—if that were your sole purpose—you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down,
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All real education is the architecture of the soul.

— William Bennett

Our schools should get five years to get back to where they were in 1963. If they're still bad maybe we should declare educational bankruptcy, give the people their money and let them educate themselves and start their own schools.

— William Bennett

Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one's children.

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For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.

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The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.

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Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.

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If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. Children must learn to identify the forms and content of those traits.

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Loving your homeland is just as natural as loving your father or mother - after all, your country nourishes you, protects you, and in many ways makes you who you are. Just as it's a virtue to honor your parents, it's a good and admirable thing to honor the land you call home.

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Much of the left-liberal elite despise traditional religious beliefs ... in general, they are profoundly uncomfortable with religious institutions and the traditional values they embody.

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I can only speak about my own commute and can say that it has certainly affected my commute, making it longer and more hectic.

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I think we need to find out why the citizens of the world's wealthiest, most envied, most powerful country are so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked of about so many things.

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Government, obviously, cannot fill a child's emotional needs. Nor can it fill his spiritual and moral needs. Government is not a father or mother. Government has never raised a child, and it never will.

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America's only respectable form of bigotry is bigotry against religious people. And the only reason for hatred of religion is that it forces us to confront matters many would prefer to ignore.

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The history of our nation is intertwined with a certain religious tradition, and that the First Amendment was not intended to result in the complete exclusion of religious beliefs from our public classrooms.

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The new source of divisiveness is the assault of secularism on religion.

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President Bush was widely ridiculed for consulting the Reverend Billy Graham before the Gulf war.

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In the battle for preserving sound social and moral norms, many religious institutions can no longer be counted as allies.

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The secretary of education does not work for the education establishment. The secretary works for the American people.

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Too much of anything, even a good thing, may prove to be our undoing ... [We] need ... to set definite boundaries on our appetites.

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Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself.
The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?

— William Bennett

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