Norman Cousins Quotes

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
— Norman Cousins

forgiveness life

History is a vast early warning system.

history

History is a vast early-warning system.
— Norman Cousins

history

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.
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pessimism

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
— Norman Cousins

reason faith

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
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wisdom

Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.
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impossible progress

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

Government in the US today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
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business the economy

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

immortality

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

laughter

Pain is part of the body's magic.  It is the way the body transmits a sign to the brain that something is wrong.

pain

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences—and I remind you that consequences can be both good and bad.

wisdom consequences

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.
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space exploration earth

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.
— Norman Cousins

objectivity

I have learned that life is an adventure in forgiveness.  Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination.

life forgiveness

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.

libraries

The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble.
— Norman Cousins

space exploration space

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

humor

Laughter is a form of internal jogging.  It moves your internal organs around.  It enhances respiration.  It is an igniter of great expectations.

laughter

The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources--spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.
— Norman Cousins

health

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
The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back.  You've got to mobilize all your resources—spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.

illness

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.
— Norman Cousins

hope