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The greatest force in the human body
by Norman Cousins

The greatest force in the human body
is the natural drive of the body to heal itself -
but that force in not independent of the belief system.
Everything begins with belief.
What we believe is the most powerful option of all.
- Norman Cousins

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- Norman Cousins

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

 

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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He who keeps his cool best wins.
- 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

Where is the indignation about the fact that the US
and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive
force for every human being in the world?
- Norman Cousins

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.
- 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

It makes little difference how many university courses
or degrees a person may own.
If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another,
his education is incomplete.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
- Norman Cousins

Laughter is inner jogging.
- 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

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

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

The eternal quest of the individual human being is
to shatter his loneliness.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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.
- 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

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

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
- Norman Cousins

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

We will not have peace by afterthought.
- Norman Cousins

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives -
the death of genuine feeling,
the death of inspired response, the awareness that
makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
- Norman Cousins

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest wealth is health.
- Virgil

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

Know that the greatest gift you can give the world is your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

Only when life is difficult,
are we challenged to become our greatest selves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

It is of the small joys and little pleasures
that the greatest of our days are built.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

Let today be the day that you choose
to become your own greatest Hero.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy
and to radiate your happiness to the entire world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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