William Arthur Ward Quotes



Best 30 Quotes by William Arthur Ward

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”

“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.”

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

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

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.”

“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”

“Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement.”

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

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.”

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

“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.”

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

“God gave you a gift of 86.400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?”

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

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

“Men never plan to be failures – they simply fail to plan to be successful.”

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

“Opportunities are like sunrises; if you wait too long, you miss them.”

“Study while others are sleeping;
Work while others are loafing;
Prepare while others are playing;
And dream while others are wishing.”

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

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”

“The winner persistently programs his pluses; the loser mournfully magnifies his minuses.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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