34 Spectacular William Bennett Quotes

William Bennett is an American conservative pundit and best known for his role as the Secretary of Education. Bennett co-founded K12, a public trading online education company and is a staunch supporter of the War on Drugs initiative. Here is a look at some of the best William Bennett quotes ever captured.

“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.”

“A weakened sense of responsibility does not weaken the fact of responsibility.”

“All real education is the architecture of the soul.”

“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.”

“America’s support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.”

“And I’m supposed to believe that Reagan was a great leader? This is who he chose as the Secretary of Education.”


“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.”

“Have we come to the point where it is now considered a secular blasphemy to acknowledge the name of God at all?”

“Home is a shelter from storms – all sorts of storms.”

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

“I do know that it’s 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.”

“I do not suggest that you should not have an open mind … but don’t keep your mind so open that your brains fall out.”

“I have no doubt that the real irritation of those on the religious right is not that their particular creed is not embraced by the schools, but that often their creed is the only one singled out for contempt.”

“If there is one thing educators can agree on, it’s this: children do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.”

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

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

“It is ironic that anyone who appeals to religious values today runs the risk of being called ‘divisive’ or attacked as an enemy of pluralism.”

“It is our character that supports the promise of our future – far more than particular government programs or policies.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Nothing in recent years, on television or anywhere else, has improved on a good story that begins”Once upon a time…””

“People of good character are not all going to come down on the same side of difficult political and social issues.”

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

“Responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them–who answer for them.”

“Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“The President is the symbol of who the people of the United States are. He is the person who stands for us in the eyes of the world and the eyes of our children.”

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

“There is nothing more influential in a child’s life than the moral power of quiet example. For children to take morality seriously they must see adults take morality seriously.”

“We are here to help one another along life’s journey.”

“What you’ve got here is really a case of journalists making fun of people who believe in God and the devil.”

“When we were attacked on Sept. 11, we knew the main reason for the attack was that Islamists hated our way of life, our virtues, our freedoms.”

Here is an interview with William Bennett as he discusses being the former United States Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush.

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