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191 Inspiring Quotes by Norman Vincent Peale

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Norman Vincent Peale.

Wikipedia Summary for Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author who is best 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 1984, leading a Reformed Church in America congregation.

Peale was a personal friend of President Richard Nixon. Donald Trump attended Peale's church while growing up. Trump also married his first wife Ivana and attended the funerals of his parents there.

Peale's ideas and techniques were controversial, and he received frequent criticism both from church figures and from the psychiatric profession.


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Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it They will go for you and with you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Dare to be what you ought to be, dare to be what you dream to be, dare to be the finest you can be. The more you dare, the surer you will be of gaining just what you dare!

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale


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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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America has become so tense and nervous it has been years since I have seen anyone sleep in church -- and that is a sad situation.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The most vital, creative, and positive thoughts are those stated in the Bible. Its words are alive and form powerful thought processes.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Trouble is here. It is for a purpose. Use it for the purpose for which it was intended -- to help you grow. Thank God for your troubles.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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You can make yourself enthusiastic by affirming enthusiasm and by thinking, talking, acting enthusiastic.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. Change your thoughts and you change your world.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing.

--Norman Vincent Peale



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You're a winner. The tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The secret of life isn't what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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If you are not getting as much from life as you want to, then examine the state of your enthusiasm.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start ith death. We are in eternity now.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The great secret of getting what you want from life is to know whay you want and believe you can have it. Always do something for others, then ask God to help you get at it.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Fear can infect us early in life until eventually it cuts a deep groove of apprehension in all our thinking. To counteract it, let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking. Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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By acting as you wish yourself to be, in due course you will become as you act.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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No matter how many worries and anxieties harass you, remember always that they are removable. Enthusiasm with its immense mental and spiritual power can cancel out all fear.

--Norman Vincent Peale




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Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Never think negatively, for the negative thinker does a very dangerous thing. He pumps out negative thoughts into the world around him and thus activates the world negatively.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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And what marvelous things there are for which to be grateful in God's great Creation!

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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No matter how dark things become, someone is always with you -- and that someone is God. He helps by giving you peace and a positive mental attitude.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Every day remind yourself of your own ability, of your good mind and affirm that you can make something really good out of your life.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Begin where you are. Don't wait for someone else to change things for you. Do it yourself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.


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When obstacles or difficulties arise, the positive thinker takes them as creative opportunities.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Good will cannot flow toward you unless it flows from you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Nothing during the year is so impressively convincing as the vision Christmas brings of what this world would be if love became the daily practice of human beings.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all that you do. It tones up your physical vitality and gives warmth to all your personal relationships. When you associate with enthusiasm long enough it grabs you and takes over within you.


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Let go and let God. Let Him take over your life and run it. He knows how.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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To be successful is to be helpful, caring and constructive, to make everything and everyone you touch a little bit better.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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


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Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

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.


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People who assume failure tend to have the failure.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine. I've been to Shinto shrines and God is everywhere. Christ is one of the ways! God is everywhere.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Do not exclusively say your prayers in the form of asking God for something. The prayer of thanksgiving is much more powerful.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. You lift the relationship thereby to a higher level. The best in the other person begins to flow out toward you as your best flows toward him. In the meeting of the best in each a higher unity of understanding is established.


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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

The one person who most blocks you from a full, happy, and successful life is you. They are therefore wise who make themselves an asset. We can be our own worst enemies or best friends. We can be a source of trouble or a cure for trouble. So if you feel empty, as many do, start by getting free from yourself as a first stop to vibrant living.


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Masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The word "no" denotes a shutting of the door. It means failure, defeat, delay. But spell in backwards and take new hope, for backwards it spells "on.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people.

--Norman Vincent Peale



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Thoughts and words form your mental image. And since we become what we picture be sure your thoughts and words express prosperity and blessing rather than poverty and defeat.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Get interested in something! Absolutely enthralled in something! The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Frequently remind yourself that God is with you, that He will never fail you, that you can count upon him. Say these words, "God is with me, helping me.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Don't tense up no matter what, for you only close off creative power when you do.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Do not always ask when you pray, but instead affirm that God's blessings are being given, and spend most of your prayers giving thanks.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Worry is an unhealthy and destructive mental habit.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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I truly believe that the individual who learns to practice thanksgiving activates within himself and around himself continuous victories and blessings from God.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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We reach the goal not by the stairs, but by the lift..... God pledges his promised righteousness to those who will stop trying to save themselves.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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I believe absolutely and certainly that, when you die, you will meet your loved ones and know them and be reunited with them, never to be seperated again.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Ask for what you want, but be willing to take what God gives you. It may be better than what you asked for.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The Plus Factor makes its appearance in a person's life in proportion as that person is in harmony with God and His universal laws.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

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.


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The big question isn't whether you have problems; the all-important factor is your attitude toward problems. How you think of the problem is more important than the problem itself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The more you venture to live greatly, the more you will find within you what it takes to get on top of the things and stay there.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Difficulties must be studied and dealt with, but they must not be magnfiied by fear.


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He was suffering from self-love, a chief cure for which is the practice of love for others.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The controlled person is a powerful person. He who always keeps his head will get ahead.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Every night empty your mind of unhappy thoughts as you empty your pockets and come alive.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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There is nothing in life so difficult that it cannot be overcome. This faith can move mountains. It can change people. It can change the world. You can survive all the great storms in your life.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale




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Life is a blend of laughter and tears, a combination of rain and sunshine.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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One of the basic laws of human existence is: find yourself, know yourself, be yourself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Think health, eat sparingly, exercise regularly, walk a lot, and think positively about yourself.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself ... nothing is impossible!

--Norman Vincent Peale



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Silence fertilizes the deep place where personality grows. A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God's guidance.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Faith supplies staying power. Anyone can keep going when the going is good, but some extra ingredient is needed to keep you fighting when it seems that everything is against you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Only the believers pick up the prizes in life.

--Norman Vincent Peale





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The individual who knows the score about life sees difficulties as opportunities.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Don't bother. The glass is half-empty.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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There is only one person with whom to compete and that is yourself. Keep aiming to surpass your own best performance and ever strive to reach higher levels.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat him.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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There is only one group of people who do not have problems, and they are all dead. Problems are a sign of life, so the more problems you have, the more alive you are.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Nothing of great value in this life comes easily.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Nothing of great value in this life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.


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The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They're full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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If you worry, you are a worrier because your mind is saturated with worry thoughts. To counteract these, mark every passage in your Bible that speaks of faith, hope, and courage.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Medication is of course important but do not conclude that a pill dissolving in your stomach is necessarily more powerful than a healing thought in your mind.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale


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There is no sound basis upon which it may be assumed that all poor men are godly and all rich men are evil, no more than it could be assumed that all rich men are good and all poor men are bad.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Expect the best and get it.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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I've got great faith in the essential fairness and decency -- you may say goodness -- of the human being.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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One person can make a difference. You don't have to be a big shot. You don't have to have a lot of influence. You just have to have faith in your power to change things.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Never use the word "impossible" seriously again. Toss it into the verbal wastebucket.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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A masterful retreat is itself a victory.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Nobody ever mastered any skill except through intensive persistent and intelligent practice.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Change yourself and your work will seem different.

--Norman Vincent Peale



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Live your life and forget your age.

--Norman Vincent Peale



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Motivation is like nutrition. It must be taken daily and in healthy doses to keep it going.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Plan your work -- work your plan. Lack of system produces that 'I'm swamped' feeling.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Avoid arguments, but whenever a negative attitude is expressed, counter with a positive and optimistic opinion.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Think joy, talk joy, practice joy, share joy, saturate your mind with joy, and you will have the time of your life today and every day all your life.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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Have absolutely no sense of guilt about being happy and successful if you operate honestly and with a sense of social responsibility.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Jesus made it clear that the most important thing in the world is our relationship to God and to others. When we achieve that, everything good will follow.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Yesterday ended last night. Every day is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Listen for the magic word of motivation and you will hear it. And then? Well, the sky is the limit!

--Norman Vincent Peale

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It is always to early to quit.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Take a new look at your present "impossible." Consider positive ways to handle it.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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


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Those who are fired with an enthusiastic idea and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new worlds open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new opportunities.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.


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Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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

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Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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It takes struggle, a goal and enthusiasm to make a champion.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Whatever your problem, no matter how difficult, you can release spiritual power sufficient to solve your problem. The secret is -- pray and believe.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Think enthusiastically about everything; but especially about your job. If you do so, you'll put a touch of glory in your life. If you love your job with enthusiasm, you'll shake it to pieces.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Every person, if he is to have mental health and live successfully, must move away from past failures and mistakes and go forward without letting them be a weight upon him. The art of forgetting is absolutely necessary.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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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

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Believe you can, and you can. Belief is one of the most powerful of all problem dissolvers. When you believe that a difficulty can be overcome, you are more than halfway to victory over it already.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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We live in the midst of the greatest scientific civilization in the history of the world. But the greatest wisdom walking our streets is not in any laboratory scientist, but the wisdom of Jesus Christ.

--Norman Vincent Peale



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Cherish your family connections. They are one of God's greatest ways of demonstrating his love and fellowship.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Keep thinking, keep interested, keep praying, keep dreaming. Be mentally sensitive at all times so that the magic word that motivates you may one day speak to your deep inner self.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Faith is the most powerful of all forces operating in humanity and when you have it in depth nothing can get you down.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Every problem contains the seed of it's own solution.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

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


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Any action is better than no action at all.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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We are all capable of greater things than we realize.

--Norman Vincent Peale


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