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Norman Vincent Peale

(1898 - 1994)


American Minister, Professional Speaker and Motivational/Inspirational Writer advocating "Positive Thinking"

A basic law of human nature is that you lose your own depression by taking on that of others.
A good washing out of the mind can do wonders for anyone.
A masterful retreat is itself a victory.
A person who reads and studies and converses on current events in science, philosophy, political will, in the process, escape from the dull self-centeredness, and his participatory awareness of life in its infinite vitality will tend to produce the excitement which is inherent in happiness. Unfortunately, thinking the interesting thoughts which create happiness is a disciplinary process which too few people employ.
A person with a hundred interests is twice as alive as one with only fifty and four times as alive as the man who has only twenty-five.
A primary method for gaining a mind full of peace is to practice emptying the mind.
A vital part of the happiness formula is self-discipline. Whoever conquers himself knows deep happiness that fills the heart with joy.
Act as if, and that which you practice will tend to be.
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.
Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.