32 Marvelous Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Quotes

Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and successful author. Serving as a Methodist clergyman, Peale later went on to join the Dutch Reformed Church. Here is a look at some of the best Dr. Norman Vincent Peale quotes from his life.

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

“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.”

“Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.”

“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.”

“Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.”

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”

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

“Imagination is the true magic carpet.”

“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.”

“It’s always too early to quit.”

“Live your life and forget your age.”

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”

“The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.”

“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”

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

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

“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.”

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

“When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.”

“You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.”

As the author of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, Norman Vincent Peale takes some time to preach at the Crystal Cathedral in this televised service.