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Norman Cousins Quotes


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The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives - the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
 

The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.
 

To talk about the need for perfection in man is to talk about the need for another species.
[Perfection]
 

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.
[Peace]
 

We will not have peace by afterthought.
 

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.
 

Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?
 

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
 

Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.
 


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