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Norman Cousins Quotes


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Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.
[Action]
 

Laughter is inner jogging.
 

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
[Forgiveness]
 

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
 

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
 

Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.
[Acceptance]
 

Nothing is more essential in the treatment of serious disease than the liberation of the patient from panic and forboding.
 

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
 

People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.
 

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.
 

Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations-plus or minus-it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.
[Positive]
 

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
 

The essence of man is imperfection.
[Perfection]
 

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.
[Loneliness]
 

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.
[Hope]
 

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
 

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.
 

The most costly disease is not cancer or coronaries. The most costly disease is boredom - costly for both individual and society.
 

The only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of force rather than the use of force.
 

The possibility of war increases in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the instruments of war.
[War]
 


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