33 Total Quotes

William Bennett Quotes

If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it.
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#American Politician

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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#American Politician #Children

pointing out that abortion should not be opposed for economic reasons any more than racism ... should be supported or opposed for economic reasons. Immoral policies are wrong because they are wrong, not because of an economic calculation.
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#Abortion

Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.
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#American Politician

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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#American Politician #Adults

But that's not what I advocate.
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#Advocate

The formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.
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#American Politician #Character

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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#Emotions

What you are going to see (Monday), I take it, is an unrehearsed president, a president without makeup, so to speak, standing in front of the grand jury getting some very tough questions, ... Late Edition.
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#Makeup

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
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#American Politician

We've got to have candor and talk about these things while we reject wild hypotheses,
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#Candor

I was putting forward a hypothetical proposition ... and then said about it, it was morally reprehensible to recommend abortion of an entire group of people.
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#Abortion

Anytime you have a strike it is a difficult situation and we hope an agreement can be reached quickly. In the mean time, we are prepared to continue to provide the additional services until the situation is resolved.
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#Agreement

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
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#American Politician

It is our character that supports the promise of our future - far more than particular government programs or policies.
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#American Politician #Character

If at first you doubt, doubt again.
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#Doubt

He will throw it right back in their faces. He knows more about it than they do. He's spent more time dealing with the problem, and he's actually solved the problem rather than pontificating about it from Capitol Hill.
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#Faces

Some of us in college, some of us in high school, you know, did things that we weren't particularly happy about or proud of later, speaking here for myself,
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#College

every black baby in this country.
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#Babies

a bad argument in order to put it down.
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#Argument

Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.
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#American Politician

[America has a serious drug problem, he says, but it's not the manufacture and use of methamphetamines that is the serious problem. He manages a dig at conservative William Bennett, whom he refers to as the] former national drug czar and gambler, ... Using drugs is wrong not simply because drugs create medical problems; it is wrong because drugs destroy one's moral sense. People addicted to drugs neglect their duties.
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#America

If I were a Jew watching what CNN just led in with, I might be a little upset, too. But CNN doesn't have the solicitude for Jews it has for Muslims. Your policy is not to show these cartoons that were shown in Denmark, but to show one after another of the most anti-Semitic cartoons they could come forward with.
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#CNN

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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#American Politician

All real education is the architecture of the soul.
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#American Politician

America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
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#American Politician