Quotes by William Arthur Ward


When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
– William Arthur Ward

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
– William Arthur Ward
A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
– William Arthur Ward
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
– William Arthur Ward
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
– William Arthur Ward
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
– William Arthur Ward
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
– William Arthur Ward
Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
– William Arthur Ward
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
– 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
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
– William Arthur Ward
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?
– William Arthur Ward
Happiness is an inside job.
– William Arthur Ward
Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.
– William Arthur Ward
In life, satisfaction is experienced when activities are brought to a state of completion. Loss of energy and loss of control are functions of incompletion. The result of completing things releases one's ability to create. Prioritize any items that need to be completed, set a completion date, then do it.
– William Arthur Ward
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.
– William Arthur Ward
Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!
– William Arthur Ward
Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
– William Arthur Ward
Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckkon us with beepers and billboards.
– William Arthur Ward
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
– William Arthur Ward