Norman Vincent Peale Quotes About Positive Thinking, Faith and Success

Norman Vincent Peale was a renowned minister and author who is best known for his book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” He was a strong advocate of using a positive outlook to achieve success and his quotes are a testament to that. Here are some of Norman Vincent Peale quotes on success and happiness.

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Norman Vincent Peale was born in 1898 in Bowersville, Ohio. He was the son of a Methodist minister, and at a young age, Peale decided that he wanted to become a minister as well.

Peale served as a pastor in a number of churches before landing his most famous post: the pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. It was here that Peale preached his famous “Power of Positive Thinking” sermons, which became popular throughout the United States.

Peale’s book of the same name was published in 1952 and became an instant bestseller. The book espoused the power of positive thinking to change one’s life for the better. Peale continued to write and preach throughout the rest of his life, and he is credited with helping to change the way Americans view Christianity.

Norman Peale believed that the power of positive thinking is something that can be developed over time. It is not something that you are born with, but something that you can learn and grow into. The first step is to become aware of your thoughts and to start to change the way you think. Once you start to change the way you think, you will start to see positive changes in your life. The more you focus on the positive, the more positive things will come your way.

Peale’s teachings have had a significant impact on many people, including athletes and businesspeople. His legacy continues to be felt today, with his teachings still being used as a source of inspiration for many people.

82 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

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  1. “Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.”

2. “It’s always to soon to quit!”

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

4. “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.”

5. “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.”

6. “You need be defeated only if you are willing to be.”

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

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

9. “One never does wrong by doing right.”

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

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11. “Optimism, when applied to your life, develops strength and peace within you.”

12. “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.”

13. “Imagination is the true magic carpet.”

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

15. “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.”

16. “Start looking for joy and you’ll find it.”

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

18. “Live your life and forget your age.”

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

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

Norman Vincent Peale Quotes on Positive Thinking

21. “People who assume failure tend to have the failure.”

22. “Let nothing trouble you let nothing worry you everything passes away expect God God alone is sufficient”

23. “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.”

24. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

25. “If you face life with the sincere faith that through the aid of the Almighty you can overcome your troubles, then you will keep defeat at arm’s length. And this applies in all the circumstances life can bring.”

26. “The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.”

27. “When you wholeheartedly adopt a ‘with all your heart’ attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.”

28. “To become a happy person have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.”

29. “The secret of life is not in what happens to you. It is in what you do with it that happens to you.”

30. “Positive thinking looks upon weak places in people as challenging opportunities.”

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

32. No matter what mistakes you have made – no matter how you’ve messed things up – you can still make a new beginning. The person who fully realises this suffers less from the shock and pain of failure and sooner gets off to a new beginning.”

33. “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.”

34. “The purpose of writing inspirational notes is simply to build others up because there are too many people in the demolition business.”

35. “You become a worrier by practicing worry. You become free of worry by practicing the opposite…”

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

37. “Knowing how to help people is an art and the person who knows how to do it can always know that he will have the lasting affection of many.”

38. “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. If you want to be courageous, act as if you were – and as you act and persevere in acting, so you tend to become.”

39. “The world in which you live is not primarily determined by outward conditions and circumstances but by the thoughts that habitually occupy your mind.”

40. “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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41. “The secret of life isn’t what happens to you but what you do with what happens to you.”

42. “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”

43. “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

44. “I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.”

45. “A man who is self-reliant, positive, optimistic, and undertakes his work with the assurance of success magnetizes his condition. He draws to himself the creative powers of the universe.”

46. “People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.”

47. “Prayerize, visualize, actualize—that is the formula for successful imaging.”

48. “You must conceive it in your heart and mind before you can receive it. If you believe then all things are possible.”

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

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50. “It’s almost as if there were an invisible reservoir of abundance in the universe that can be tapped if you will just obey certain spiritual laws.”

51. “When you get up in the morning, you have two choices – either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just choose to be happy.”

52. “What you can image, you will be, in the long run.”

53. “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.”

54. “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.”

55. “Any occupation, any job has excitement in it if you have some excitement in you.”

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

57. “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.”

58. “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

59. “Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.”

60. “A book is a present that you can open again and again”

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61. “And if the criticized person takes it quietly without rancor, not striking back but constantly loving, he will gather in friends faster than his critics can manufacture enemies.”

62. “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.”

63. “The sure way to success is so simple, but it requires character, guts, persistence, the mastery of lower jobs to be ready for the better ones.”

64. “Attitudes are more important than facts.”

65. “A major key to success in this life, to attaining that which you deeply desire, is to be completely released and throw all there is of yourself into your studies or any project in which you are engaged. In other words, whatever you are doing, give it all you’ve got.”

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

67. “Focus on people and the needs they have.”

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

69. “No man is happy who does not think himself so.”

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

71. “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.”

72. “People who are able to turn criticism into a positive situation are going to attract friends.”

73. “Practice “seeing” yourself, not as weak, wishy-washy and vascillating, but as strong, controlled, purposeful.”

74. “It’s a strange principle but it’s true, nevertheless, that those who give the most have the most of whatever they give.”

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

76. “Courage can be many things, but the secret of courage is simply and honestly to admit your feelings of failure. And then with God’s help go on and do your job in spite of them.”

76. “I believe that I am always divinely guided. I believe that I will always take the right turn in the road. I believe that God will make a way where there is no way.”

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

78. “Love Your Life And The LIfe Will Love You Back”

79. “It is always there for the person who will surrender his life to the Lord and keep on doing so when difficulties arise.”

80. “Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures.”

81. “If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up.”

82. “Negative conversation adversely affects circumstances. Certainly talk of a tense and nervous nature enhances inner agitation.”

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