Quotes by William Arthur Ward

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Wikipedia Summary for William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward) (December 17, 1921–March 30, 1994) was an American motivational writer.

More than 100 articles, poems and meditations written by Ward were published in such magazines as Reader's Digest, The Phi Delta Kappan, Science of Mind, and various Christian publications. His column “Pertinent Proverbs” was published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and also in American service club publications. He was a frequently quoted writer in Quote, an international weekly digest for public speakers.

A graduate of McMurry College, he received his master's degree at Oklahoma State University but did not complete his doctoral work at the University of Texas and at North Texas State University. In 1962 he was awarded an honorary Oklahoma City University degree in recognition of his “professional achievement, literary contributions and service to others.”

Ward was an assistant to the president of Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth beginning in 1955. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he was for two years the director of Methodist men for the Methodist Central Texas Conference, and for four years he taught the 140-member Sigler Bible Class at Polytechnic Methodist Church, where he also served as Sunday School superintendent and a church lay leader.

He was a professional member of the American College Public Relations Association, the International Platform Association, the Religious Public Relations Council and Phi Delta Kappa. In Fort Worth he was on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Rotary, American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America.

His biography appears in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Public Relations, and Who's Who in the South and Southwest.


If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.



The price of excellence is discipline; the cost of mediocrity is disappointment.



Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.



Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.



Whatever gets your goat gets your attention. Whatever gets your attention gets your time. Whatever gets your time gets you. Whatever gets you becomes your master. Take care, lest a little thing horn in and get your goat.



Prepare while others are daydreaming.



Delays, disappointments and defeats cause quitters to give up in resignation; losers, to give in the frustration; winners, to come through with determination.



Giving is more than a responsibility-it is a privilege; more than an act of obedience-it is evidence of our faith.



The more we count the blessings we have, the less we crave the luxuries we haven't.



The winner asks, May I help? The loser asks, Do you expect me to do that?



Flying off the handle sometimes causes hammers and humans to lose their heads, as well as their effectiveness.



We can be bitter about our handicaps or we can be happy about our blessings.



If laser beams can cut through mountains, why should we doubt the power of prayer?



A mediocre music teacher tells. A good music teacher explains. A superior music teacher demonstrates. A great music teacher inspires.



America needs fewer men obsessed with erecting fences of hate, suspicion and name calling.



Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.



The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly; the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.



The greatest ideas, the most profound thoughts, and the most beautiful poetry are born from the womb of silence.



Christmas can be the end of emptiness and waywardness; The beginning of happiness and purposefulness.



Television remote controls encourage couch potatoes to exercise their options while broadening their base.



The essence of life is to care. The beauty of life is to give.



We are more than what we do... much more than what we accomplish... far more than what we possess.



Our greatest challenge-our greatest opportunity-is found in these words: 'Choose ye this day....'.



Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.



To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges; to the pessimist, all doors have locks and latches.



Freedom's enemies are waste, lethargy, indifference, immorality, and the insidious attitude of something for nothing.



Leadership is a serving relationship that has the effect of facilitating human development.



The more generous we are, the more joyous we become.

Longer Version:

The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.



Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.



Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future,challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.



Blessed is the person who sees the need, recognizes the responsibility, and actively becomes the answer.



We can be resentful of our age, or we can be grateful for having attained it.



The surest cure for loneliness,
the quickest way to happiness,
is found in this, a simple creed:
Go serve someone in greater need.



Raised voices lower esteem. Hot tempers cool friendships. Loose tongues stretch truth. Swelled heads shrink influence. Sharp words dull respect.



To the optimist, obstacles aare challenges, roadblocks are inspirations, and problems are invitations to achievement.



The regeneration of a sinner is an evidence of power in the highest sphere -- moral nature; with the highest prerogative -- to change nature; and operating to the highest result -- not to create originally, which is great; but to create anew, which is greater.





Words, like tranquil waters behind a dam, can become reckless and uncontrollable torrents of destruction when released without caution and wisdom.



For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends... Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.



This bright new year is given me.

Longer Version:

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!



Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings.

Longer Version:

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.





Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.



I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs.



The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel change, grow or live.





A complaining tongue reveals an ungrateful heart.



Three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterday's mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow's problems, and ingratitude for today's blessings.



We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.



The greatest failure is the failure to try.



Empathy feels these thoughts; your hurt is in my heart, your loss is in my prayers, your sorrow is in my soul, and your tears are in my eyes.



Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change.

Longer Version:

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.



Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.



As the valley gives height to the mountain, so can sorrow give meaning to pleasure; as the well is the source of the fountain, deep adversity can be a treasure.



A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strenghs; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.



We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.



Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement.



The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.



Only the person who risks is truly free.



A friend is one who joyfully sings with you when you are on the mountaintop, and silently walks beside you through the valley.



Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.



Do more than be fair: be kind.



Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.



The more patient we are, the more understanding we become.



To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility -- these are marks of maturity and graciousness.



It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.



God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?



The pessimist borrows trouble; the optimists lend encouragement.



Encourage me, and I will not forget you.



The adventure of life is to learn.

Longer Version:

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.



Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.



The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity; the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.



Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.



Study while others are sleeping;
work while others are loafing;
prepare while others are playing;
and dream while others are wishing.



A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.



Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.



Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.



Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.



Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!



Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.



To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.



Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.



A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.



When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.



Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.


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