29 Incredible William Arthur Ward Quotes

William Arthur Ward is considered to be one of the most quoted writers of inspirational maxims in the United States. With more than a hundred articles, poems, and meditations written by Ward, here is a look at some of the most notable William Arthur Ward quotes ever compiled.

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”

“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.”

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

“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.”

“Blessed is the person who sees the need, recognizes the responsibility, and actively becomes the answer.”


“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.”

“Everyone has a common, yet unique, responsibility to the future: to make the most of today.”

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

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

“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.”

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

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

“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

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

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

“Once trust is tarnished, it is hard to restore it to its original glow.”

“Our words reveal our thoughts; our manners mirror our self-esteem; our actions reflect our character; our habits predict the future.”

“Real optimism is aware of problems but recognizes the solutions.”

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

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

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

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

“Three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterday’s mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems, and ingratitude for today’s blessings.”

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

“To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges; to the pessimist, all doors have locks and latches.”

“We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.”

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

Here is a look at a sermon by Pastor Arthur Ward he shares on being through enough.