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.
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.
If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. Children must learn to identify the forms and content of those traits.
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.
Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
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 no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap.
If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it.
It is our character that supports the promise of our future - far more than particular government programs or policies.
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.
Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.
All real education is the architecture of the soul.
America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.