from and about
Wilferd Arlan Peterson
(biographical info at bottom of page)
take a firm grip on positive attitudes of thought.
You hold right thoughts in your mind just as your hand grips a
You keep both feet on the ground. You stand for the highest and
and strive to fill your life with the goodness of God.
surface of the ocean changes constantly. Now it is smooth
quiet. Again it becomes violent and tempestuous. But
in its depths,
down under the storms that whip the surface into a fury, there is
zone of eternal calm which no storm ever reaches, no hurricane
ruffles. The surface of life is also in a state of constant
good days and bad, victory and defeat. To maintain, as the
does, a deep inner calm, while the storms of misfortune, reverses,
fears and worries lash at the surface of life, is to discover the
And then there
is the thrill of creatively sowing ideas and inspiration into the minds of
others. Often our contributions will actually change lives by sharing
appreciation, courage, love, and joy. Carry the ideal of being a creative sower,
that you are on the side of growth, plenty, peace, and progress. Make it a
point to scatter creative seeds every day of your life!
exercises the whole person. It exercises the body--it gives
the arms and legs a workout. It stimulates the flow of
the lungs. It is gentle and relaxing. It exercises the
up the brain cells. It fills them with oxygen; drives out
A famous scientist says he does his best thinking on the two
sidewalk between his home and office.
Walking exercises the emotions. It gives you a chance to
and enjoy the world. Open your eyes to beauty. See the
trees, the gardens. See the shining faces of little
children. Listen for
the church chimes, singing birds and the laughter of happy
are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a
There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal
Explore yourself! There is power in you--the power to change
and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects,
movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.
home to find beauty. Open your eyes to a new appreciation of your
the furniture, the wallpaper, the pictures on the walls, the
the view from a window, the flowers in the garden. . .
Open yourself to a new awareness of the love in the faces of those
with whom your home is shared.
greatest power is the power to be. To be more loving.
To be more courageous. To be more joyous. To be more friendly.
To be more sensitive. To be more aware. To be more forgiving.
To be more tolerant. To be more humble. To be more patient.
To be more helpful. . . . To be a greater human being.
will is not a single quality. It is a composite
of all the qualities of the spirit, applied to daily living.
miracles by giving courage. Many ideas have failed to be realized
because people lacked the courage to see them through. Promising
have been abandoned because people were afraid.
Cheer people on. Instill courage in their hearts.
A. Peterson wrote his entire life. He cut his teeth editing
and publishing company magazines for Jaqua Advertising Agency,
while also working on his own writings. In 1961 the editor
of This Week magazine (a national Sunday supplement) thrust him
into fame by publishing his inspirational messages. Every
week 14 million people read his writings, and thousands wrote
urging him to write a book.
Henry Simon, he published his first book, The Art of Living, at
the age of sixty. Since then, he wrote book after book, with
over a million copies sold. For twenty-five years, he wrote
a monthly column for Science of Mind magazine, and once again his
readers urged him to compile those essays into a book for easy
reference. The Art of Creative Thinking was Bill Peterson's
response to those many requests. In these busy times,
readers are sure to appreciate his economy of words, which express
significant insights which can be grasped in only a few
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about particular people whose words
appear on the site,
we'll try to give you as much information as we can about
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people: Alan Watts - Albert
Einstein - Albert Schweitzer
- Andy Rooney - Anne
Frank - Anne Morrow
Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard
- Anthony Robbins - Ari
Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara
Johnson - Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Hoff
- Bernie Siegel - Bertrand
Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker
Charlotte Davis Kasl - Cheryl
Richardson - Cristina Feldman
- C.S. Lewis - the
Dalai Lama - Dale Carnegie - Deepak
Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl
Nightingale - Elaine St. James
- Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth
Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emmet Fox - Frederick Buechner
- George Bernard Shaw - George
Santayana - George
Washington Carver - Gerald
Harold Kushner - Harry
Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller -
Henry David Thoreau - Henry
James - Henry Van Dyke
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry
Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather - Immanuel
Kant - Iyanla Vanzant - Jack
James Allen - Jennifer
James - Jim Rohn - Joan
Borysenko - Joan Chittister -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- John Izzo -
Ruskin - Joni Eareckson Tada - Joseph M.
Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent
Nerburn - Khalil Gibran -
Buscaglia - Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine
- Lucinda Bassett - Lydia
Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus
Marianne Williamson - Martin
Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou
- Melody Beattie - Michael
Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi - Morrie Schwartz
- Mother Teresa - M.
Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
- Nikos Kazantzakis - Norman
Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino
- Oprah Winfrey - Oriah
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau
Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips
Rabindranath Tagore - Rachel Carson
- Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer
Maria Rilke - Ralph Waldo Trine
- Richard Bach
Richard Carlson - Robert Frost -
Robert Fulghum - Robert
Louis Stevenson - Russell Baker
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Shakti Gawain - Soren
Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen
C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele
- Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh
- Thomas Carlyle - Thomas
Kinkade - Thomas Merton - Tom
Walsh - Victor Cherbuliez
Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson
- Willa Cather - William
James - William Wordsworth
- Zig Ziglar