Who Was William Arthur Ward?

William Arthur Ward was a motivational speaker and author. He is credited with numerous inspirational quotes, such as, “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” He’s the author of the book “Fountains of Faith” and published more than 100 poems, articles and meditations. He also wrote a column called “Pertinent Proverbs.”

Ward was born in Louisiana 1921. He entered the U.S. Army as a private in 1942 and quickly moved up the ranks to captain. After serving four years in the military, Ward returned to civilian life and graduated from McMurry University before receiving his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

Ward’s articles were published in many different publications, including “Reader’s Digest,” “The Upper Room,” “Science of Mind,” “The Christian Advocate” and “The Methodist Layman.” His column was featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 1962, Ward was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Oklahoma City University for his professional work and literary contributions.

Ward also has the distinction of being one of the most quoted writers ever in “Quote,” a weekly international publication for public speakers. Professionally, Ward served for two years as the Director of Methodist Men in the Central Texas Conference and as the Assistant to the President of Texas Wesleyan College.