The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was American clergyman, spiritual, and inspirational leader.  Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio on May 31, 1898 and died in Pawling, NY on December 24, 1993.  Dr. Peale left a strong spiritual legacy through his influential sermons, broadcasts, newspaper columns, and books.    In 1952, shortly after World War II, Dr. Peale released his book, The Power of Positive Thinking.  The book immediately became a best seller, ranking only behind the Bible.

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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was one of the front runners in the positivity and motivational movement.

Peale was one of the first ministers who enlisted the counsel of a psychiatrist to help his church members.  He established a clinic in 1951 known as the nonprofit American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry.

His greatest and best-selling book, The Power of Positive Thinking, continues to rank as one of the top motivational books throughout the world.


Quotes from the Power of Positive Thinking

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

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

“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”

“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.”