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Bill Bennett
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
In office
March 13, 1989 â€“ December 13, 1990
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Bob Martinez
3rd United States Secretary of Education
In office
February 6, 1985 â€“ September 20, 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Terrel Bell
Succeeded by Lauro Cavazos
Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities
In office
December 24, 1981 â€“ February 6, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joseph Duffey
Succeeded by John Agresto (Acting)
Personal details
Born William John Bennett
(1943-07-31) July 31, 1943 (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic (Before 1986)
Republican (1986–present)
Spouse(s) Elayne Glover
Children John
Joseph
Alma mater Williams College
University of Texas, Austin
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholicism

All real education is the architecture of the soul.
If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it.
William Bennett
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.
William Bennett
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
William Bennett
Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
William Bennett
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.
William Bennett
America’s support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
William Bennett
A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one’s children.
William Bennett
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.
William Bennett
It is our character that supports the promise of our future – far more than particular government programs or policies.
William Bennett
Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.
William Bennett
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.
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
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.
William Bennett