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1921 - 1994, American author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities are like sunrises; if you wait too long, you miss them.
William Arthur Ward

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.
William Arthur Ward

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
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

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are
blessed, and for whom you are grateful.
William Arthur Ward

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

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

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.
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

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

Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
William Arthur Ward

Real religion is a way of life, not a white cloak to be wrapped around us on the sabbath and
then cast aside into the six-day closet of unconcern.
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

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 life 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

Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than
absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.
William Arthur Ward

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers
and billboards.
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

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