Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent
Peale
1898
1994

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

Author Quotes

Americans are so tense and keyed up that it is impossible even to put them to sleep with a sermon.

Every individual forms his own estimate of himself and that basic estimate goes far toward determining what he becomes. You can do no more than you believe you can. You can be no more than you believe you are. Belief stimulates power within yourself. Have faith in faith. Don't be afraid to trust faith.

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

Of vast importance in achieving peace of mind is dealing with the contents of mind itself: the mass of all ill thoughts you have stored up over the years, all the regrets, all the futilities, all the hidden sins, all the hates, all the grudges, all the vindictiveness. The minds of many people are filled with pockets of poison.

Take charge of your mind and begin to fill it with healthy, positive, and courageous thoughts.

We are all capable of greater things than we realize.

And finally, believe that you can solve them.

Every person has lovable qualities when you really learn to know him.

In a large congregation, while there is a wide diversification of interest, it is also true that there are only a few basic human problems. It must also be taken into consideration that people are people regardless of who they are or what their backgrounds may be. There are certain deep universal appeals to human interest and to these human nature always responds.

Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America's problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.

Tell yourself every morning as you go to work that you love your job. Think of it as interesting, even fascinating. By so doing you will ultimately get enthusiastic about your work ? and you will undoubtedly do a better job.

What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true.

Beauty," I countered, "is a necessity of the human spirit, especially when it speaks of romance and abiding affection. And that is even more important when times are hard.

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

In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.

One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that.

The "as if" principle works. Act "as if" you were not afraid and you will become courageous, "as if" you could and you'll find you can. Act "as if" you like a person and you'll find a friendship.

What's the secret to feeling alive all your life? A positive attitude.

Begin to listen for the deeper sounds of harmony and beauty that are to be found in the essence of silence

Everyone should work hard, but there is no virtue in over-trying or over-pressing to such an extent that you do not work efficiently.

In saying this I certainly do not ignore or minimize the hardships and tragedies of the world, but neither do I allow them to dominate.

Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.

The "how" thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile "ifs" but goes right to work on the creative "how."

When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.

Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

Author Picture
First Name
Norman Vincent
Last Name
Peale
Birth Date
1898
Death Date
1994
Bio

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