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Norman Cousins
June 24, 1915 - 1990
Nationality: American
Category: Editor
Subcategory: American Editor

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


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


We will not have peace by afterthought.


Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.


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.


Laughter is inner jogging.


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


The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.


My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.


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


The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.

    Topics: Education

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


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


Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.


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.


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.


The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.


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.


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


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