Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932 until his death.

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and, behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Be interesting be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much.

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result but the cause of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful, perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes you are inclined to learn only errors.

It's always too early to quit.

Understanding can overcome any situation however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

Change yourself and your work will seem different.

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.

One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.

The Gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ.

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.

We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.

You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.

Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself the more energy you will have.

The life of inner peace being harmonious and without stress is the easiest type of existence.

Promises are like crying babies in a theater they should be carried out at once.

Four things for success: work and pray think and believe.

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.

Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which repeated frequently enough becomes an automatic reflex.

When every physical and mental resources is focused one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.

When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.

If you put off everything till you're sure of it you'll never get anything done.

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.

We tend to get what we expect.