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 12, 2015
“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them”

"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them” is a saying that has been printed on many posters. The saying was credited to American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) in The Reader’s Digest in 1999. Ward is almost always credited for this saying, but printed citations before 1999 have not been found.


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.

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 154, Issues 924-925
1999
Pg. 61:
Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. — WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
25 March 1999, The Valley News (Oswego, NY), “Bodley Bulletins” by Jan Davenport, pg. 11, col. 4:
Well, now it is the time I know you’ve all been waiting for, here goes my quote “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” -William Arthur Ward.

22 April 1999, Lockhart (TX) Post-Register, “Food for thought,” pg. 1, col. 1:
“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”
William Arthur Ward

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JOSE TAM
9/5/00
(...)
“Opportunities are like sunrises.  If you wait too long, you miss them”
- William A. Ward

Google Books
Dictionary of Proverbs
By G. Kleiser
New Delhi: A.P.H. Publishing Corporation
2005
Pg. 150:
Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. — William Arthur Ward

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