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Friday, February 26, 2016

Norman Vincent Peale’s Top 35 Quotes you can leverage for success

Norman Vincent Peale and the Power of Positive Thinking
I call him the "possiblitarian", Norman Vincent Peale is one of the men whose books influenced my life at an early age, notable among them is the book, The Power of Positive Thinking. The following are top 35 quotes by the renowned minister and author:

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

2. "Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory."

3. "Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize."

4. "Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have."

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

6. "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."

7. "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."

8. "Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful."

9. "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."

10. "Change your thoughts and you change your world."

11. “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”

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

13. "Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people."

14. "If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind."

15. "If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal."

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

17. “To cure worry, spend fifteen minutes daily filling your mind full of God. Worry is just a very bad mental habit. You can change any habit with God’s help.”

18. “ We tend to get what we expect.”

19. “Learn to say no to the good, so you can say yes to be best!”

20. “The ‘how’ thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ‘ifs’.”

21. “No matter how dark things become, someone is always with you – and that someone is God. He helps by giving you peace and a positive mental attitude.”

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

23. “When people believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”

24. “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.”

25. “Don’t let your negative thoughts hold you back. You are greater than your circumstances.”

26. “A man who live for himself is a failure. Even if he gain much wealth, power or position he is a still a failure.”

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

28. “If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”

29. “The Bible – the wisest document ever known in human existence, which defies the ravages of time and change because it contains the truth that cannot be changed or invalidated.”

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

31. “Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

32. “Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”

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

34. "It's always too early to quit."

35. “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.”

Also read: He Aimed High And Hit The Mark


  1. Great collection of quotes! I had only heard of a few of them before. I think one of them is on a commercial for apartments?

    1. Yea, Shelly, these are evergreen quotes that can spur one to great attainments. Thanks for your time.