Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

“Change your thoughts, and you change your world.”

“We tend to get what we expect.”

“Live your life and forget your age.”

“Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.”

“The ‘how’ thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ‘ifs’.”

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”

“Four things for success: Work and pray, think and believe.”

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself 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.”

“Imagination is the true magic carpet.”

“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”

“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.”

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”

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

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm”

“It’s always too early to quit.”

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

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

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

“Change yourself and your work will seem different.”

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

“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”

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

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

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

“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”

“Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.”

“Be interesting, be enthusiastic… and don’t talk to much.”

“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.”

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.”

“Never say anything to hurt anyone. Moreover… refrain from double talk, from shrewd and canny remarks that are designed to advance our interests at someone’s disadvantage. We are to turn our back upon evil, and in every way possible, do good, help people and bring blessings into their lives.”

“Picturize, prayerize, actualize”

“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilites-always see them- for they are always there.”

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

“Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.”

“It is a fact that you project what you are.”

“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.”

“Know that you yourself are a miracle.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.”

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

“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.”

“The power of positive thinking.”

“You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.”

“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.”

“First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, ”I believe,” three times.”

“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.”

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

“I really believe kids want to do well. It’s a coach’s job to create an environment for them to be successful.”

“You would think that economy would be one of the easiest habits in the world to break but it isn’t.”

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

“Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just insures that the hardest part will be left when you’re most tired. Get the big one done – it’s downhill from then on.”

“A masterful retreat is itself a victory.”

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