William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward (1921 –March 30, 1994) is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims. He is one of the most frequently quoted writers in the pages of Quote, the international weekly digest for public speakers.

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Happiness is an inside job.

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

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"

Humanity either makes or breeds or tolerates all its afflictions.

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

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.

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.

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.

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

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

The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.

We can learn much from wise words little from wisecracks and less from wise guys.

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

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

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

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

Today is a most unusual day because we have never lived it before, we will never live it again, it is the only day we have.

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

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.

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

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