Norman Vincent Peale was born on May 31, 1898, in Bowers Ville, Ohio, the first child of Charles and Anna Peale. Charles was a Methodist minister who served a variety of churches in Ohio, and before long Norman, too, began to consider ministry as his vocation. When he was a boy, one of his teachers accused him of being “a weak willy-nilly” and he soon realized the teacher’s assessment was correct. He saw that he would need to push himself past a deep-rooted inferiority complex and crippling self-doubt.He worked on it until he overcame his Achilles heel .Peale attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology. In 1922 he was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was assigned a small congregation in Berkeley, Rhode Island. Two years later he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he established himself as a gifted communicator so that in only three years he grew a church from 40 to 900 members. He later moved to Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest Protestant congregations in America. When he arrived, this church had around 600 members; upon his departure 52 years later it had 5,000. It was here that he would gain worldwide acclaim as a teacher of positive thinking. During his lifetime, Peale authored 46 books, and the most successful by far was The Power of Positive Thinking. Published in 1952, it stayed on the New York Times list of bestsellers for 186 consecutive weeks and sold 5 million copies, making it one of the bestselling religious books of all-time. 1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded him the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his contributions to theology.Peale retired as senior pastor in 1984 and died on December 24, 1993 in Pawling, New York. He was ninety-five years old.
I admire this man so much for his contribution to humanity; his words of encouragement and his insight into people’s problems and solutions. Let us enjoy many of his insightful quotes I have gathered from of his autobiography.Let get down and read the 20 best quotes of Norman Vincent Peal.
1. I have found that it is possible, by writing, to reach more people and in a more lasting way than can ever be done by public speaking or by radio or television.
2. I have found that when you look for good in people you’ll find it and in turn they will do good to you.
3. The challenge to becoming an objective thinker, an intellectual of sorts, become a daily and exciting experience at Boston university school of theology. True I was a bit troubled by greater emphasis upon Christianity as a social gospel rather than as an evangelical life changing way of life; I could not see why both emphasis were not germane.
4. Never read a sermon or a speech. Speak it straight in the eyes as you preach. Use simple, strong, meaningful words that everyone understands, even the least literate.
5. Through these experiences I learned that the bottom can really be a good place to start. The only direction there is up. And if you lift your job up, in whatever work you do, you go up with it-deservedly.
6. Listen son, live your life and forget your age.
7. The pews filled up; financial support became less of a problem. But more importantly a new spirit developed, an exciting spirit, which brought about life changing experiences in the lives of so many that the church become a vital center for spiritual growth.
8. My purpose must be not to fill seats but fill souls with the gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ.
9. This became my policy and I preached to human needs, and always dealing with definite problems of men and women in readily understandable thought and language forms. And I kept at it Sunday after Sunday
10. I conceived the idea that if people were not coming to church, I would go to the people. So I accepted every invitation to speak that came a long: at service clubs, community gatherings commencement exercise, sales gatherings, fund raising events. I didn’t preach sermon but always emphasized the fact that each person could become greater than he was, through the higher power.
11. Never give up no matter what the job may be.
12. So when speaking at a convention, I address the message to each man and woman present.
13. Tennyson in his poem “Ulysses”, said “Iam a part of all that I have met “how right he was. For my part I like to add that all that I have met are part of me too.
14.The mountains and the sea, the sky and the changing seasons, dawn and sunset are all thrilling and contribute tour our lives; it is people who mold us, beginning with our families and including friends and acquaintances. They inspire, turn us on or off, depress or excite us.
15. And I have found out that if one looks for the best in every person the best reveal itself.
16. Every human being has a story rich in drama, humor, pathos, greatness, and perhaps tragedy
17. Prayer is answered in three ways: YES, NO, OR WAIT A WHILE.I have YES answers and NO answers and DELAYED answers. But there has always been an answer, and in case it has proved to be right, whether negative,” wait a while, positive.
18. Never have I made a talk or given a sermon without asking for divine help; and what I pray for is clarity of mind to say the right things in such a way that it will help people.
19. Think health, eat sparingly, exercise regularly, walk a lot, think positively about yourself, keep your thoughts and actions clean, ask God who made you to keep on remaking you.
20. My basic rule for health, energy, and long life is to keep your thoughts healthy and positive in nature.
I believe these quotes have given you something to think about .The only advice I will give you today is to ingrained these quotes in your heart and mind and never forget them, and you will go very far in life.