89 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes (Positive Thinking)

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The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.  Norman Vincent Peale
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.
If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done. Norman Vincent Peale
YOU DO NOT need to be a victim of worry. Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit.
YOU DO NOT need to be a victim of worry. Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit. Norman Vincent Peale
The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person. Norman Vincent Peale
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex. 
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex. Norman Vincent Peale
We tend to get what we expect.
We tend to get what we expect. Norman Vincent Peale
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.
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. Norman Vincent Peale
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you. Norman Vincent Peale
Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.
Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses. Norman Vincent Peale
Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. Norman Vincent Peale 

Dr. Peale on the Power of Positive Thinking

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peal
Optimism, when applied to your life, develops strength and peace within you.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Optimism, when applied to your life, develops strength and peace within you. Norman Vincent Peale
The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised. Norman Vincent Peal Quotes
When you get up in the morning, you have two choices - either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just choose to be happy. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
When you get up in the morning, you have two choices – either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just choose to be happy. Norman Vincent Peal
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. Norman Vincent Peal
When you wholeheartedly adopt a 'with all your heart' attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes 
When you wholeheartedly adopt a ‘with all your heart’ attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.  Norman Vincent Peal
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.
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. Norman Vincent Peale
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
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. Norman Vincent Peale
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
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. Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale Quotes that are Inspirational

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. Norman Vincent Peale
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. Norman Vincent Peale
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Norman Vincent Peale
When every physical and mental resource is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Norman Vincent Peale
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Norman Vincent Peale
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
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. Norman Vincent Peale
Remember that 'Help us grow this grass' is a far more effective sign than 'Keep off the grass'. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Remember that ‘Help us grow this grass’ is a far more effective sign than ‘Keep off the grass’. Norman Vincent Peale
If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. Norman Vincent Peale
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.
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. Norman Vincent Peale
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. Norman Vincent Peale
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 actions or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
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 actions or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. Norman Vincent Peale
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale
Deep within the individual is a vast reservoir of untapped power awaiting to be used. No person can have the use of all this potential until he learns to know his or her own self. The trouble with many people is that they got through life thinking and writing themselves off as ordinary commonplace persons. Having no proper belief in themselves they live aimless and erratic lives largely because they never realize what their lives really can be or what they can become.
Deep within the individual is a vast reservoir of untapped power awaiting to be used. No person can have the use of all this potential until he learns to know his or her own self. The trouble with many people is that they got through life thinking and writing themselves off as ordinary commonplace persons. Having no proper belief in themselves they live aimless and erratic lives largely because they never realize what their lives really can be or what they can become. Norman Vincent Peale
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. Norman Vincent Peale
Stand up to an obstacle. Just stand up to it, that's all, and don't give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break, and it won't be you, it will be the obstacle.Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Stand up to an obstacle. Just stand up to it, that’s all, and don’t give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break, and it won’t be you, it will be the obstacle. Norman Vincent Peale
It's always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
It’s always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger. Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale Biography

Norman Vincent Peale was an influential and inspiring American religious leader. He was born on May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio, and died on December 24, 1993, in Pawling, New York. After World War II, he tried to bring about a spiritual renewal in the United States through his sermons, public speaking events, broadcasts, newspaper columns, and books. The Power of Positive Thinking, his best-selling book from 1952, gave a lot of people hope.

Charles and Anna Peale were his parents. Charles was a doctor who became a Methodist minister in southern Ohio. As a result, he and his brothers were raised as Methodists. As the son of a Methodist minister, the family moved around a lot. They didn’t have much money, so young Peale delivered newspapers, worked in a grocery store, and sold pots and pans door-to-door to make money.

Peale completed his high school education at Bellefontaine High School in Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1920,  where he pledged Phi Gamma Delta as a fraternity brother. After graduation, he worked for a few years as a journalist before deciding to become a minister. Peale was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1922, and he went on to study theology at Boston University. 

In 1924, he got a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and a master’s degree in social ethics. In that same year, he was sent to a small church in Brooklyn, New York. During his three years there, he built a new church and grew the number of people who attended from 40 to 900. In 1927, Peale moved to the University Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York. There, he inspired an even bigger group of people and was one of the first ministers to have his own radio show.

Peale changed his denomination five years later to become pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. His energetic sermons increased church membership by several thousand. To help his parishioners, Peale engaged a psychiatrist and developed a religio-psychiatric clinic; in 1951, he founded the nonprofit American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry (now the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center).

Peale was close to President Richard Nixon‘s family and officiated at Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower’s wedding in 1968. All throughout the Watergate scandal, he kept calling the White House and was quoted as stating, “Christ didn’t shy away from people in trouble.”

Peale emphasized that religious faith may improve one’s material existence and that a positive mental attitude and self-belief are as important as faith in God. Even though he had a lot of followers because of what he taught, other Christian writers were more critical and said that Peale’s ideas didn’t take into account sin, suffering, and redemption. Peale was also known for his support of political causes that were on the right. Peale was most well-known in the 1950s, but Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes, all of who are evangelical Christian leaders today, were influenced by his message. Peale won many awards, but the Presidential Medal of Freedom was the most important one (1984)

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