William A. Ward, fully William Arthur Ward

William A.
Ward, fully William Arthur Ward

American Author, Editor, Pastor and Teacher, Writer of Maxims, Author of Fountains of Faith

Author Quotes

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

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.

A Winner's Blueprint for Achievement BELIEVE while others are doubting. PLAN while others are playing. STUDY while others are sleeping. DECIDE while others are delaying. PREPARE while others are daydreaming. BEGIN while others are procrastinating. WORK while others are wishing. SAVE while others are wasting. LISTEN while others are talking. SMILE while others are frowning. COMMEND while others are criticizing. PERSIST while others are quitting.

Every great person has first learned how to obey, whom to obey, and when to obey.

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.

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

The winner asks, May I help? The loser asks, Do you expect me to do that?

We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.

Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.

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?

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

Optimism is a seed sown in the soil of faith; pessimism is a seed hoarded in the vault of doubt.

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

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.

And the realist adjusts the sails.

Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.

If you would be interesting, be interested, if you would be pleased, be pleasing, if you would be loved, be lovable, if you would be helped, be helpful.

Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.

There is one thing we can do better than anyone else: we can be ourselves.

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

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!

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.

In the face of unjust criticism we can become bitter or better; upset or understanding; hostile or humble; furious or forgiving.

Risks - 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 live is to risk dying, to hope is to risk despair, to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free.

Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.

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American Author, Editor, Pastor and Teacher, Writer of Maxims, Author of Fountains of Faith