Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent

American Minister, Professional Speaker and Motivational/Inspirational Writer advocating "Positive Thinking"

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Americans are so tense and keyed up that it is impossible even to put them to sleep with a sermon.

Every person has lovable qualities when you really learn to know him.

In a large congregation, while there is a wide diversification of interest, it is also true that there are only a few basic human problems. 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.

Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America's problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.

Tell yourself every morning as you go to work that you love your job. Think of it as interesting, even fascinating. By so doing you will ultimately get enthusiastic about your work ? and you will undoubtedly do a better job.

What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true.

And finally, believe that you can solve them.

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.

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

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.

The "as if" principle works. Act "as if" you were not afraid and you will become courageous, "as if" you could and you'll find you can. Act "as if" you like a person and you'll find a friendship.

What's the secret to feeling alive all your life? A positive attitude.

Beauty," I countered, "is a necessity of the human spirit, especially when it speaks of romance and abiding affection. And that is even more important when times are hard.

Everyone should work hard, but there is no virtue in over-trying or over-pressing to such an extent that you do not work efficiently.

In saying this I certainly do not ignore or minimize the hardships and tragedies of the world, but neither do I allow them to dominate.

Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.

The "how" thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile "ifs" but goes right to work on the creative "how."

When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.

Begin to listen for the deeper sounds of harmony and beauty that are to be found in the essence of silence

Find yourself, motivate yourself, commit yourself.

It's not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shintoshrine ... I've been to Shinto shrines and God is everywhere. ... Christ is one of the ways! God is everywhere.

People must be taught to realize that in faith they have a mechanism and power by which they can actually live victorious, happy, and successful lives.

The dynamic and positive attitude is a strong magnetic force which, by its very nature, attracts good results. This, of course, does not mean you will get everything you want. When you live on a faith basis your desire will be only for that which you can ask in God's name. But whatever you should have, whatever is good for you will be granted.

When every physical and mental resources is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.

Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

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American Minister, Professional Speaker and Motivational/Inspirational Writer advocating "Positive Thinking"