William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward (1921–March 30, 1994), is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims. More than 100 articles, poems and meditations written by Ward have been published in such magazines as Reader's Digest, This Week, The Upper Room, Together, The Christian Advocate, The Adult Student, The Adult Teacher, The Christian Home, The Phi Delta Kappan, Science of Mind, The Methodist Layman, Sunshine, and Ideals. His column Pertinent Proverbs has been featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and in numerous service club publications throughout the United States and abroad. He is one of the most frequently quoted writers in the pages of Quote, the international weekly digest for public speakers.


William Arthur Ward Quotes

William Arthur Ward #Anger

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.
William Arthur Ward #Best

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

Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
William Arthur Ward #Change #Wisdom

The pessimist complains about the wind the optimist expects it to change the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward #Forgiveness #Funny

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward #God

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'
William Arthur Ward #Good #Great #Teacher

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward #Happiness

Happiness is an inside job.
William Arthur Ward #Business

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

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
William Arthur Ward #Men #Sports

Adversity causes some men to break others to break records.
William Arthur Ward #Smile

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward #Love

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 #Humor #Life

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 #Morning

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