William J. Bennett Quotes

This is a free country. Within very broad limits, people may live as they wish. And yet, we believe that some ways of living are better than others. Better because they bring more meaning to our lives, to the lives of others, and to our fragile fallible human condition. Marriage and parenthood should be held […]

Christianity’s record is indisputably spotted. But standing in eternal reproof of that record, crying hypocrisy and betrayal, is Christianity itself, quitessentially embodied in the example of Jesus. In the case of Islam, the charge of hypocrisy hardly applies–certainly not on the matter of religious violence. To put the issue at its starkest, there is simply […]

We must develop a fair appreciation for the real strengths and limitations of government effort on behalf of children. 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.

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. First things first. And planting the ideas of virtue, of good traits in the young, comes first. In the moral life, as in life itself, we […]

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

People of good character are not all going to come down on the same side of difficult political and social issues. Good people – people of character and moral literacy – can be conservative, and good people can be liberal. We must not permit our disputes over thorny political questions to obscure the obligation we […]

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.