Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent

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

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By success, of course, I do not mean that you may become rich, famous, or powerful for that does not, of necessity, represent achievement. Indeed, not infrequently, such individuals represent pathetic failure as persons. By success I mean the development of mature and constructive personality. Through the application of the principle of constructive thinking you can attain your worthy goals. The natural outcome of living by creative principles is creative results. Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

Happiness will never come if it's a goal in itself; happiness is a by-product of a commitment to worthy causes.

Live your life and forget your age.

Remember, there is no situation so completely hopeless that something constructive cannot be done about it.

The power of the Plus Factor is potential but it is not self-activating. It is latent in human beings and will remain latent until it is activated.

Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem.

Change yourself and your work will seem different.

Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.

Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.

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

Then, think success, believe in success, visualize success and you will set in motion the powerful force of the realizable wish. When the mental picture or attitude is strongly enough held it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances.

Who is God? Some theological being? He is so much greater than theology. God is vitality. God is life. God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be reenergized!

A basic law of human nature is that you lose your own depression by taking on that of others.

Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.

How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself - so always think positively.

Love yourself again. I never forgot those words; they were the key that opened the door of the prison of self-hate that I had built around myself. They contained the truth that ultimately made it possible for me to rebuild my life.

So great is enthusiasm as a positive motivational force that it surmounts adversity and difficulty and, moreover, if cultivated, does not run down.

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

You will find that you are stronger and maybe even better off for having had some tough experiences.

A masterful retreat is itself a victory.

Cut the "im" out of impossible, leading that dynamic word standing out free and clear - possible.

I sometimes think we ought to bring a bill before Congress changing our national symbol from the eagle to the buffalo, because we are more like the buffalo than the eagle. The eagle is a powerful bird. It flies alone. It rises up into the sky with authority. It is master of all it surveys. The eagle is an individualist and was selected from among the rest of the birds to be our symbol. But the buffalo was never alone. It always ran in a herd with other buffaloes. And, friends, I call your attention that the buffaloes are gone from the open range, but the eagles are still soaring.

Modern man is beginning to realize that primarily it is in his thoughts that his happiness and efficiency are determined; he is learning that the condition of his emotional health indicates whether or not he shall have peace, serenity and strength.

So what are you afraid of? What is holding you back? What is it that stands in your way? Do it!

There was about this gigantic rainbow a deep benediction of peace and hope. But as ineffable as nature is in the effect of natural beauty on the mind, it cannot match the peace of God in its healing effect on the human mind.

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