80 Total Quotes

Norman Cousins Quotes

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

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

Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.
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#Will And Will Power

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.
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#Action #American Editor

He who keeps his cool best wins.
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#American Editor

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.
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#American Editor #Birth

The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.
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#Purpose

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
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#American Editor #Anticipation

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time
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#Habit

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
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#American Editor #Faith

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life
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#Acting And Actors

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
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#American Editor #Cynicism

The growth of the human mind is still high adventure, in many ways the highest adventure on earth.
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#Adventure

The purpose of education is to enable us to develop to the fullest that which is inside us
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#Education

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.
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#American Editor #Body

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
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#American Editor #Books And Reading

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
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#American Editor #Business

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

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
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#Control

We will not have peace by afterthought.
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#American Editor

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