Norman Cousins


American Medical Doctor, Author, Political Journalist, Professor and World Peace Advocate

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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.

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

The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. 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.

Don't deny the diagnosis. Try to defy the verdict.

Most men think they are immortal--until they get a cold, when they think they are going to die within the hour.

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

For every low there is an equal but opposite high.

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.

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.

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

Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.

The possibility of war increases in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the instruments of war.

Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths.

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.

The present mode of life on earth is madness, which is nonetheless lethal for being legal. Rational existence is possible, but it calls for a world consciousness and a world design. People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.

He who keeps his cool best wins.

Nothing is more essential in the treatment of serious disease than the liberation of the patient from panic and foreboding.

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

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

Optimism doesn?t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

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

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.

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

The starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible.

Hope, faith, love and a strong will to live offer no promise of immortality, only proof of our uniqueness and human beings and the opportunity to experience full growth even under the grimmest circumstances. Far more real than the ticking of time is the way we open up the minutes and invest them with meaning. Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life. The ultimate tragedy is to die without discovering the possibilities of full growth.

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American Medical Doctor, Author, Political Journalist, Professor and World Peace Advocate