A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 13, 2015
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it”

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it” is a popular saying that has been printed on many posters. The lines come from American writer Williams Arthur Ward (1921-1994). who wrote in For This One Hour (1969):

“If you can imagine it, you can possess it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
If you can envision it, you can attain it.
If you can picture it, you can achieve it.”


The last two lines are usually not cited, and “you can possess it” is usually changed to “you can achieve it” or “you can create it.” “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you dream it, you can become it” was cited in 1979, when it was printed on a poster.


Wikipedia: William Arthur Ward
William Arthur Ward (1921–March 30, 1994), is one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.

More than 100 articles, poems and meditations written by Ward have been published in such magazines as Reader’s Digest, This Week, The Upper Room, Together, The Christian Advocate, The Adult Student, The Adult Teacher, The Christian Home, The Phi Delta Kappan, Science of Mind, The Methodist Layman, Sunshine, and Ideals.

10 August 1935, The Register (Sandusky, OH), “Imagination,” pg. 2, col. 3:
“Imagination is the greatest conqueror the world has yet known. The road to possession is blazed by the light of imagination. If you can imagine it, you can have it,” the lecturer said.

10 August 1967, Brownsville (TX) Herald, “Creators of Wealth” by Harry Lee Smith, pg. 2-A, col. 3:
The entrepreneur starts with nothing but an idea. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” is his motto.

OCLC WorldCat record
For this one hour.
Author: William Arthur Ward
Publisher: Anderson, S.C., Droke House [1969]
Edition/Format: Print book : English : [1st ed.]

27 April 1973, Harper (TX) Herald, Harper School News-Round Up!, pg. 4, col. 7:
ACHIEVEMENT
If you can imagine it, you can possess it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
If you can envision it, you can attain it.
If you can picture it, you can achieve it.
-- William Arthur Ward

Google Books
Success Unlimited
Volume 20
1973
Pg. 32:
If you can imagine it, you can possess it. If you can dream it, you can become it. If you can envision it, you can attain it. If you can picture it, you can achieve it.
. From the book Positive Power for Successful Salesmen by Jack & Garry Kinder, Bill Glass and William Arthur Ward; Copyright 1972.

29 April 1979, Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Michelle Ferachi: Her Dreams Seem to Be Coming True” by Barbara LaRose, pg. 3-G, col. 4:
On the wall next to posters of her “dream” is a poster with her motto: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you dream it, you can become it.”

18 October 1984, Greensboro (NC) News & Record, “Greensboro’s Junior Miss is brimming with enthusiasm” by Crystal L. Hedgecock, People & Places sec., pg. 1, col. 5:
A poster with a photograph of a ballerina has an inscription Sheri must believe:

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

Google Books
Words of Wellness:
A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being

Compiled and edited by Joseph Sutton
Published by author
1991
Pg. ?:
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
—William Arthur Ward

Google Books
The Speaker’s Quote Book:
Over 4,500 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions

Edited by Roy B. Zuck
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications
1997
Pg. 9:
If you can imagine it, you can possess it. If you can dream it, you can become it. If you can envision it, you can attain it. If you can picture it, you can achieve it. — William Arthur Ward

Google Books
Famous Inspirational Words That Bring Happiness to Your Mind
By Perry Ritthaler
eBookIt.com
2011
Pg. ?:
“If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
William Ward

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