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Norman Cousins Quotes


An American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate.
(1915 - 1990)

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A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
 

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
[Positive]
 

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
 

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life.
 

Capitalism in the United States has undergone profound modification, not just under the New Deal but through a consensus that continued to grow after the New Deal. Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
[Capitalism]
 

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
 

Death is not the enemy, living in constant fear of it is.
 

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
 

Don't defy the diagnosis, try to defy the verdict.
 

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
[Business]
 

He who keeps his cool best wins.
 

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
 

History is a vast early warning system.
[History]
 

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
 

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.
 

If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.
 

It has always seemed to me that hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
[Lighten Up]
 

It is nonsense to say there is not enough time to be fully informed. ... Time given to thought is the greatest timesaver of all.
[One Day]
 

It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.
 

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.
 


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