portrait of Norman Vincent Peale
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Quotes of the Day for 31 May 2004 – Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was born at Bowersville, Ohio on this day in 1898. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University, then was a reporter for the Findley, Ohio Morning Republic before his ordination in 1922. He served churches in Rhode Island and New York in the Methodist Episcopal Church for ten years before joining the Dutch Reformed Church to become pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church at New York City in 1932, a post he held for 52 years. He was key in bringing psychology into favor in the church, and published the classic The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952. Branded a heretic by some conservatives and derided as simplistic by intellectuals, he was a major voice in American Christianity in the 20th century.

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The quotes:

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

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

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

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
     - All from Norman Vincent Peale, 1898 - 1993


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