Quotes by Norman Cousins

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
– Norman Cousins
A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
– Norman Cousins
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.
– Norman Cousins
Cynicism is intellectual treason.
– Norman Cousins
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
– Norman Cousins
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
– Norman Cousins
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
– Norman Cousins
History is a vast early warning system.
– Norman Cousins
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
– Norman Cousins
If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.
– Norman Cousins
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.
– Norman Cousins
It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.
– Norman Cousins
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.
– Norman Cousins
Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.
– Norman Cousins
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
– Norman Cousins
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
– Norman Cousins
My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
– Norman Cousins
Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
– Norman Cousins
People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.
– Norman Cousins
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.
– Norman Cousins