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47 Inspirational Norman Vincent Peale Quotes



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Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993) was an American Protestant clergyman, and an author best known for popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. Here are 47 Norman Vincent Peale quotes that will help you develop positive thinking.

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47 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

1. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

2. “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. “Imagination is the true magic carpet.” – Norman Vincent Peale

4. “Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

6. “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

7. “Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.” – Norman Vincent Peale

8. “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 Peale

9. “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

10. “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

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11. “If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

13. “Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale

14. “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

15. “When you are afraid, do the thing you are afraid of and soon you will lose your fear of it.” – Norman Vincent Peale

16. “Promise yourself success at the beginning of each day, and you’ll be surprised how often things will turn out that way.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

18. “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

19. “It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale

20. “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale

21. “There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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22. “No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities, always see them, for they’re always there.” – Norman Vincent Peale

23. “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

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

25. “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

26. “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

27. “Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

28. “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

29. “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

30. “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You’ll find they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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31. “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

32. “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale

33. “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

34. “We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.” – Norman Vincent Peale

35. “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

36. “If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll get nothing done.” – Norman Vincent Peale

37. “The way to happiness; keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, scatter sunshine, forget self, and think of others.” – Norman Vincent Peale

38. “The positive thinker is a hard-headed, tough-minded and factual realist. He sees all the difficulties clearly, which is more than can be said for the average negative thinker. But he sees more than difficulties – he tries to see the solutions of those difficulties.” – Norman Vincent Peale

39. “Putting faith into action, big things happen.” – Norman Vincent Peale

40. “The first step is to fill your life with positive faith that will help you through anything. The second step is to start where you are.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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41. “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.” – Norman Vincent Peale

42. “When you expect the best you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

43. “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.” – Norman Vincent Peale

44. “Optimism when applied to your life develops strength and peace within you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

45. “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

46. “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

47. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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