Quotes by Norman Vincent Peale


Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
– Norman Vincent Peale

It's always too early to quit.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk to much.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
– Norman Vincent Peale
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
– Norman Vincent Peale
If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.
– Norman Vincent Peale
It is a fact that you project what you are.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Never say anything to hurt anyone. Moreover... refrain from double talk, from shrewd and canny remarks that are designed to advance our interests at someone's disadvantage. We are to turn our back upon evil, and in every way possible, do good, help people and bring blessings into their lives.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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.
– Norman Vincent Peale