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Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

Norman Peale Positivity Quotes

Norman Vincent Peale quotes: these are the most important quotes from the man who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, the late minister, Norman Vincent Peale.

“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.”

“We struggle with complexities and avoid simplicity.”

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

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself.”

“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.”

“Old unhealthy thoughts can block inspiration and motivation.  Dropping them releases a flow of power through the mind.”

“The cyclone derives its power from a calm center.  So does a person.”

“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.”

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

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

“Let nothing trouble you and let nothing worry you.”

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

“Being harmonious and without stress is the easiest type of existence.”

“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 for those difficulties.”

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

“Believe in yourself.  Have faith in your abilities.”

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

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

“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.”

“Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

“If you put off everything until you’re sure of it, you’ll get nothing done.”

“Let a series of happy thoughts run through your mind, and they will show on your face.”

“Imagination is the true magic carpet.”

“Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them.  Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can.”

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

“There is real magic in enthusiasm.  It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

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

“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.”

“Change yourself and your work will seem different.”

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

“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.”

“Live your life and forget your age.”

“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.”

“Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”

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

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

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

“It’s always too early to quit.”

“Faith is the most powerful of all forces operating in humanity and when you have it in depth, nothing can get you down.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“Understanding can overcome any situation, no matter how mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.”

“When you are afraid, do the thing you are afraid of and soon you will lose your fear of it.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.”

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

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

“Never talk defeat.  Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”

“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.”

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