William A. Ward Quotes




"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."

"Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness."

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records."

"It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills."

"Opportunities are like sunrises -- if you wait too long, you miss them."

"Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful."

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

"Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom."

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

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

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"

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

"Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can."

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

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

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

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

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

"Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently."

"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."

"We are more than what we do . . . much more than what we accomplish . . . far more than what we possess."

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

"Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!"

"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"

"Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character."

"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work."

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."

"Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life -- not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving -- not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness -- not by our seeming greatness."

"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."

"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."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com