William Bennett

(William John Bennett)

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[In politics] You're either moving the ball on them or they're moving the ball on you. It's important to move the ball on them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
[Referring to gun control:] You've got to protect your legitimate sportsman and hunter, but by God, you've got to protect your police officers too. Guns & Gun Control
A judge is just a lawyer who somebody's blessed. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Although pork may be a necessity sometimes, it is not the highest calling in life. Patronage & Pork Barrel
As the loyal opposition we can be loyal and still generate a lot of opposition. Political Parties & Machines
Conservatives need to go where the facts, not ideology, take them. Liberals & Conservatives
Drugs are wrong. They burn out your brain and they sear your soul. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Having smoked a marijuana joint in 1968 is no big deal. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
I didn't take a vow of poverty. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I have the most important person in the company behind me, and that's the president. Power
I would have no moral objection to publicly beheading drug dealers. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If you do come up with a new idea, in 4 seconds it will belong to somebody else. Miscellaneous
If you want young people to take right and wrong seriously, you must put them in the presence of people who take right and wrong seriously. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is our character that supports the promise of our future—far more than particular government programs or policies. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It’s not hard to be popular if you take a poll to find out what it means to be popular. Public Opinion & Polling
It's best not to appear to believe what you say but to believe what you say. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It's hard to fight the war when you've got to debate the worthiness of fighting it. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
It's like being criticized by liberals. You wake up the next morning and you get over it. Liberals & Conservatives
Life in Washington is pressure. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Make no mistake, liquor is as much a part of the problem as drugs, perhaps a bigger part. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Mandatory prison terms is easy to say, but where are we going to put people? Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One way of cutting down the crime rate is to abort every Black baby. Discrimination & Prejudice
Professional sports has to be part of the solution [to the drug problem]. The question I put to the group [of sports leaders] is, "While we are pressing very hard on schools and others to have tough policies, it seems only right and reasonable that professional sports have these kind of standards. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Professional sports play a very important part in American life and a very important part in the American imagination. Anybody who goes to the movies these days sees just what an important part of the American mind sports comprise. If they are so important and have such a hold on the minds and imaginations of children, then this ought to be a focal point of our efforts. Parks & Recreation
Religion is the anchor of morality for most people. Religion & God
The [American Catholic] Bishops have to understand that they are part of the problem. Scandals
The 2nd Amendment protects the right of the people to bear arms. That doesn't mean that they should be able to bear any arms, at any time, under any circumstances. Guns & Gun Control
The family is the original Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Families, Children & Parenting
The Vice Presidency is the job description from Hell. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
There is a very strong link between alcohol availability, consumption and crime. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There is nothing like the quiet power of example. Power ;Leaders & Leadership
There is nothing like the quiet power of example. Leaders & Leadership
There is only one way to respond to the issue of leadership and that is to lead. Leaders & Leadership
They [educators] don't want to hear my views on education. They just want the [federal] money. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Today's Congress responds to everything, to everybody, to every whim. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We don't deed more assault rifles on our streets right now. Guns & Gun Control
We don't need the best and the brightest. We need people of average competence and good character. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
We're a small office and I don't have any room for nice political people who don't know anything about drugs.
Yes, Ronald Reagan did sleep through cabinet meetings—and deservedly so. They were incredibly tedious. I know; I was there. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You've got close to educational meltdown here [in Chicago]. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You've got to exact some cost from the people who are sending these drugs into our country. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
All real education is the architecture of the soul. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
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.
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.
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Business, Commerce & Finance
If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it. War & Peace
It is our character that supports the promise of our future - far more than particular government programs or policies. Future ;Government
Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.
Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
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. Money, Coins & Minting
Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one's children. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.