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Quotes by Norman Vincent Peale

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Wikipedia Summary for Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author who is best known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932 until 1984, leading a Reformed Church in America congregation.

Peale was a personal friend of President Richard Nixon. Donald Trump attended Peale's church while growing up. Trump also married his first wife Ivana and attended the funerals of his parents there.

Peale's ideas and techniques were controversial, and he received frequent criticism both from church figures and from the psychiatric profession.

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

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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.

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The one person who most blocks you from a full, happy, and successful life is you. They are therefore wise who make themselves an asset. We can be our own worst enemies or best friends. We can be a source of trouble or a cure for trouble. So if you feel empty, as many do, start by getting free from yourself as a first stop to vibrant living.

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Nothing of great value in this life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.

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Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.

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Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Difficulties must be studied and dealt with, but they must not be magnfiied by fear.

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Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all that you do. It tones up your physical vitality and gives warmth to all your personal relationships. When you associate with enthusiasm long enough it grabs you and takes over within you.

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