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55 Inspirational Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

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55 Inspirational Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

Most of us will remember Norman Vincent Peale as the author of one of the best self-development books out there: ‘The Power of Positive Thinking‘.

How many of you have read this book?

If not, go pick up your copy today!

Peale was an American minister and author, who lived from 1898 – 1993. He wrote several other great books all based around one sole word: positivity!

Here’s our collection of Norman Vincent Peale quotes:

 

55 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

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

2. “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

3. “Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just ensures that the hardest part will be left when you are most tired. Get the big one done—it’s downhill from then on.” – Norman Vincent Peale

4. “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

5. “I’ve got great faith in the essential fairness and decency — you may say goodness — of the human being.” – Norman Vincent Peale

6. “In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.” – Norman Vincent Peale

7. “Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.” – Norman Vincent Peale

8. “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

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

 

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

 

11. “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

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12. “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

13. “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

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

15. “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

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

17. “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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Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

18. “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

19. “Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

21. “Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.” – Norman Vincent Peale

22. “What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true.” – Norman Vincent Peale

23. “Always remember that problems contain values that have improvement potential.” – Norman Vincent Peale

24. “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale

25. “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

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26. “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

 

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“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

 

28. “It must also be taken into consideration that people are people regardless of who they are or what their backgrounds may be. There are certain deep universal appeals to human interest and to these human nature always responds.” – Norman Vincent Peale

29. “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

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

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

32. “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

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

34. “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

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

36. “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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38. “If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale

39. “It’s always too soon to quit!” – Norman Vincent Peale

40. “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

41. “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

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

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

44. “When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.” – Norman Vincent Peale

45. “Be interesting, be enthusiastic… and don’t talk too much.” – Norman Vincent Peale

46. “Change yourself and your work will seem different.” – Norman Vincent Peale

47. “Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.” – Norman Vincent Peale

48. “Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

 

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

 

51. “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

52. “The how thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ifs but goes right to work on the creative how.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

54. “We tend to get what we expect.” – Norman Vincent Peale

55. “You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

Which are your favorite Norman Vincent Peale quotes? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.

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