“Believe you are defeated long enough, and it is likely to become true.”
– Norman V. Peale
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
(May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993)
Was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of “positive thinking”.
The Rev. Billy Graham said at the National Council of Churches on June 12, 1966 that “I don’t know of anyone who had done more for the kingdom of God than Norman and Ruth Peale or have meant any more in my life for the encouragement they have given me.”
Upon hearing of Dr. Peale’s death, U.S. President Bill Clinton had this to say: The name of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale will forever be associated with the wondrously American values of optimism and service. Dr. Peale was an optimist who believed that, whatever the antagonisms and complexities of modern life brought us, anyone could prevail by approaching life with a simple sense of faith. And he served us by instilling that optimism in every Christian and every other person who came in contact with his writings or his hopeful soul. In a productive and giving life that spanned the 20th century, Dr. Peale lifted the spirits of millions and millions of people who were nourished and sustained by his example, his teaching, and his giving. While the Clinton family and all Americans mourn his loss, there is some poetry in his passing on a day when the world celebrates the birth of Christ, an idea that was central to Dr. Peale’s message and Dr. Peale’s work. He will be missed.
This dude is also very awesome, because we both have the same birthday, and he was born in May. This dude makes my day, all the time.
“The best cure for anything is salt water: Sweat, Tears and the Sea.”
– Isak Dinesen
Karen von Blixen-Finecke a.k.a.(Isak Dinesen)
( April 17, 1885 – September 7, 1962)
Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette’s Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.
Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described it as “a mistake” that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930’s. Although never awarded the prize she finished in third place behind Graham Greene in 1961, the year Ivo Andric was awarded the prize.