William A. Ward, fully William Arthur Ward

William A.
Ward, fully William Arthur Ward
1921
1994

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

Author Quotes

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.

When we shut people out, we wall ourselves in; when we stop building bridges, we start erecting fences.

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.

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

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.

Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.

To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility -- these are marks of maturity and graciousness.

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.

Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.

Is fear preventing you from taking a necessary risk today?

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk revealing your true self. To place you ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk rejection. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk disappointment. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Those who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, and become nothing. They may avoid present suffering and sorrow, but they will not learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live. Chained by their fear, they are slaves who have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails.

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

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.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.

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

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.

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.

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.

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First Name
William A.
Last Name
Ward, fully William Arthur Ward
Birth Date
1921
Death Date
1994
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American Author, Editor, Pastor and Teacher, Writer of Maxims, Author of Fountains of Faith