William Arthur Ward Quotes

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It is wise to direct your anger towards problems, not people; to focus your energies on answers, not excuses.
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
Lone eagles, soaring in the clouds, fly with silent, peaceful poise,
While turkeys, in their earth-bound crowds, fill the atmosphere with noise.
William Arthur Ward
Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
William Arthur Ward
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change.
Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.
William Arthur Ward
Learn and grow all you can;
Serve and befriend all you can;
Enrich and inspire all you can.
William Arthur Ward
Failure is not fatal. Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It should challenge us to new heights of accomplishments, not pull us to new depths of despair. From honest failure can come valuable experience.
William Arthur Ward
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.
William Arthur Ward
Three keys to more abundant living:
Caring about others,
Daring for others,
Sharing with others.
William Arthur Ward
Four steps to achievement:
Plan purposefully.
Prepare prayerfully.
Proceed positively.
Pursue persistently.
William Arthur Ward
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
We must be silent before we can listen.
We must listen before we can learn.
We must learn before we can prepare.
We must prepare before we can serve.
We must serve before we can lead.
William Arthur Ward
Vow to be valiant;
Resolve to be radiant;
Determine to be dynamic;
Strive to be sincere;
Aspire to be attuned.
William Arthur Ward
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are ment to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.
William Arthur Ward
Study while others are sleeping;
Work while others are loafing;
Prepare while others are playing;
And dream while others are wishing.
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm. Monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them.
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
    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!
    I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
William Arthur Ward
Every person has the power to make others happy. 
Some do it simply by entering a room 
others by leaving the room. 
Some individuals leave trails of gloom; 
others, trails of joy. 
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness; 
others, trails of love and harmony. 
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism; 
others trails of faith and optimism. 
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation; 
others trails of gratitude and hope. 
What kind of trails do you leave?
William Arthur Ward
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.
William Arthur Ward
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool. 
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. 
To reach out to another is to risk involvement. 
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. 
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. 
To love is to risk not being loved in return. 
To hope is to risk pain. 
To try is to risk failure. 
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
William Arthur Ward
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William Arthur Ward Biography

Born: 1921
Died: 1994

William Arthur Ward was an American author. He is most commonly recognized by his succesful book "Fountains of Faith". He is also a very quoted writer of inspirational quotations.

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