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Quotes of the day: Norman Vincent Peale

Published Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 31 2014

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of "positive thinking." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.

Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now we bleat like sheep for security.

Believe that problems do have answers. Believe that they can be overcome. Believe that they can be handled. And finally, believe that you can solve them.

Change your thoughts and you can change the world.

Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.

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.

Empty pockets never held anyone back... it's only empty heads and empty hearts that do it.

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

Happiness will never come if it's a goal in itself; happiness is a by-product of a commitment to worthy causes.

If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll get nothing done.

It's always too early to quit.

Live your life and forget your age.

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.

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

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

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

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

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.

We tend to get what we expect.

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


I was going to buy a copy of 'The Power of Positive Thinking,' and then I thought: what the hell good would that do?
-Ronnie Shakes

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