Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author who is best known for his influential book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” He was born on May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio, to a Methodist minister father and a mother who was a housewife. Peale grew up in a religious household and was drawn to the ministry from a young age.
Peale began his career as a Methodist minister before becoming a pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, where he served for over 50 years. He was a prominent figure in the American religious community and was known for his positive and optimistic approach to religion.
In addition to his work as a minister, Peale was a prolific author and wrote several bestselling books, including “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. He also founded the Guideposts magazine and the Positive Thinking Foundation, both of which promote positive thinking and spirituality.
Peale died on December 24, 1993, in Pawling, New York, at the age of 95. He left behind a legacy of spiritual guidance and inspiration, and his books and teachings continue to influence millions of people around the world.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
It’s always too early to quit.
You are not responsible for what happened to you in the past, but you are responsible for your reaction to it.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.
Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.
When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.
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.
Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
The more you know the less you fear.
Imagination is the true magic carpet.
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.
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.
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.
The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.
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.
We tend to get what we expect.
The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.
Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.
The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his powerlessness, conscious of his own limitations and hence open to the help of a Higher Power.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
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.