45 Norman Vincent Peale Quotes On Happiness

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Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author best known for his book, The Power of Positive Thinking.

Peale’s quotes are often motivational and inspirational, as he believed in the power of positive thinking and taking action towards one’s goals. Peale was also a big advocate for studying and reading the Bible. He often quoted biblical passages in his speeches and writings.

Norman Vincent Peale was a highly influential figure whose quotes continue to inspire people worldwide.


Motivational Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

  • “We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Be interesting, be enthusiastic… and don’t talk too much.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Change yourself and your work will seem different.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “I’ve got great faith in the essential fairness and decency — you may say goodness — of the human being.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Faith is the most powerful of all forces operating in humanity and when you have it in depth nothing can get you down.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “It’s always too soon to quit!” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Imagination is the true magic carpet.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The how thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ifs but goes right to work on the creative how.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “We tend to get what we expect.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” – 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
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Always remember that problems contain values that have improvement potential.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “By success, of course, I do not mean that you may become rich, famous, or powerful for that does not, of necessity, represent achievement. Indeed, not infrequently, such individuals represent pathetic failure as persons.” – 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
  • “Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “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.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.” – Norman Vincent Peale


“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” -Norman Vincent Peale quotes. A mind is a powerful tool that we all possess. With it, we can create our own reality- for better or worse.

Peale’s quote reminds us that it is up to us to decide what kind of world we want to live in. We can choose to dwell on the negative and be unhappy, or we can focus on the positive and be joyful. The choice is ours.

So next time you find yourself in a funk, remember Norman Vincent Peale’s words and focus on the good. It makes all the difference.

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