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Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
by William Arthur Ward

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.
- William Arthur Ward

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A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
- William Arthur Ward

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.
- William Arthur Ward

 

If you can dream it, you can become it.
- 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 mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

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This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
- William Arthur Ward

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
- William Arthur Ward

Forgiveness is a funny thing.
It warms the heart and cools the sting.
- William Arthur Ward

The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
- William Arthur Ward

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.
- William Arthur Ward

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
- William Arthur Ward

Opportunities are like sunrises.
If you wait too long, you miss them.
- William Arthur Ward

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks,
and less from wise guys.
- William Arthur Ward

Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe,
a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
- William Arthur Ward

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day,
a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!
- William Arthur Ward

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

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
- William Arthur Ward

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
- William Arthur Ward

When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
- William Arthur Ward

Happiness is an inside job.
- William Arthur Ward

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

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

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

The more generous we are, the more joyous we become.
The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become.
The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become.
The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.
- William Arthur Ward

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

When your friends begin to flatter
you on how young you look,
it's a sure sign you're getting old.
- Mark Twain

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn,
is but a state of half enjoyment.
- Jane Austen

Were I to flatter myself with the possibility of success in such combat,
it would indeed be presumption.
- Anne Seward

Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess
new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
- James C. Maxwell

I don't care how stylish something is if it doesn't flatter me.
- Ali Larter

I must not say what I truly think, or you will tell
me I flatter you-but I can only speak what I feel-and
very often I cannot even do that when the feeling is very deep.
- Marie Corelli

Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery.
If you flatter all the company, you please none;
If you flatter only one or two,
you offend the rest.
- Jonathan Swift

I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly:
far too dearly to flatter you.
Don't flatter me.
- Charlotte Bronte

The women who inspired this play deserved to be smacked
across the head with a meat ax and that,
I flatter myself, is exactly what I smacked them with.
- Clare Boothe Luce

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
- Moliere

It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.
- Jean Paul

In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
- Jean Rostand

Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
- Wendell Phillips

You can always draw as well as you know how to.
I flatter myself that I feel more than I express on canvas;
but I know that is not so.
- William Morris Hunt

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast
not charity for thy neighbor.
- Francis Quarles

Taxes should be lower, flatter, and simpler,
in that order.
- David Boaz

A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot,
he will never flatter his country in any respect.
- Francois Fenelon

I keep going over a sentence.
I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it.
- Janet Flanner

I don't flatter myself with much dependence upon the
present disposition of the Eastern Indians,
who are many ways liable to be drawn into a rupture
with us by the artifices of the French,
their own weakness and the influence which the French
Missionary Priests have over them.
- William Shirley

Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone;
He,
just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me,
He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile,
Lord!
how sullen he would be!
- William Cartwright

The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living:
they never flatter us to our faces,
nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy,
nor quit their shelves until we take them down.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Worse there cannot be; a better, I believe,
there may be, by giving energy to the capital and skill
of the country to produce exports,
by increasing which, alone, can we flatter ourselves
with the prospect of finding employment for that part
of our population now unemployed.
- Joseph Hume

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not,
should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust;
and music,
even in situations of the greatest horror,
should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it,
and thereby always remain music.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

So you shouldn't really flatter yourself that they want to be your buddy.
They don't.
Generally.
They want you for some reason or other,
and you just have to fend that off all the time.
- Kurt Loder

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you
to say disagreeable things to your intimates.
The nearer you come into relation with a person,
the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Republics are created by the virtue,
public spirit,
and intelligence of the citizens.
They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils,
because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded,
because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
- Joseph Story

People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking
that their faults are always present to other people's minds,
as if they believe that the world is always contemplating
their individual charms and virtues.
- Elizabeth Gaskell

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking
it away from those who have a different complexion
or slightly flatter noses than ourselves,
is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
- Joseph Conrad

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
- Charles Swindoll

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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