There are times when you feel too heavy a burden that it’s hard to acknowledge that you’re blessed. So, feel the gratitude when gratitude is due with these William Arthur Ward quotes.
Born on December 17, 1921, William Arthur Ward gained respect and recognition as an author, editor, pastor, and teacher. He attended Oklahoma City University where he earned his master’s degree. He planned to earn his doctorate as well but did not finish. Instead, he worked at the Texas Wesleyan College as an assistant to the president.
As a pastor and educator, he taught at a Bible class for four years. He also served as a Sunday School superintendent and a church leader. As a writer, he had published several articles, poems, and meditations. These have been widely published in well-known magazines such as Reader’s Digest and Science of Mind.
Ward died on March 30, 1994, but up to this day, his writings and teachings about life and how to live it well still inspire readers. Here are 30 William Arthur Ward quotes to help you recognize greatness in small things.
God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you. – 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
Happiness is an inside job. – William Arthur Ward
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward
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. – William Arthur Ward
We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys. – William Arthur Ward
A life lived without forgiveness is a prison. – William Arthur Ward
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward
Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character. – William Arthur Ward
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. – William Arthur Ward
Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority. – William Arthur Ward
The greatest hazard in life is to risk NOTHING. – William Arthur Ward
We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them. – William Arthur Ward
When we shut people out, we wall ourselves in; When we stop building bridges, we start erecting fences. – William Arthur Ward
Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook. – William Arthur Ward
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. – William Arthur Ward
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. – William Arthur Ward
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. – William Arthur Ward
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it. – William Arthur Ward
Failure is delay but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street. – William Arthur Ward
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. – 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
The surest cure for loneliness, the quickest way to happiness, is found in this, a simple creed: Go serve someone in greater need. – William Arthur Ward
Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. – William Arthur Ward
A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. – 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 like 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
I’ve always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be. – William Arthur Ward
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. – William Arthur Ward
Every person has the power to make others happy. Some do it simply by entering a room; others by leaving the room. – William Arthur Ward
Share these 30 William Arthur Ward quotes with your loved ones to start the day feeling inspired and cherished.