‘Empty heads, not pockets, hold people back’ Norman Vincent Peale
“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking.
Read about Norman Vincent Peale
He was an American minister and author 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, as well as marrying his first wife Ivana there. The minister’s ideas and techniques were controversial, and he received frequent criticism both from church figures and from the psychiatric profession
Born on May 31, 1898 in Bowersville, Ohio, the eldest of three sons of Charles and Anna (née Delaney) Peale, he graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio. He earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University (where he became a brother of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston University School of Theology.
Raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, Peale changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.
He died on December 24, 1993.