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History is a vast early warning system. ...
by Norman Cousins

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

Related topics: History

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He who keeps his cool best wins.
- 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

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

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will not have peace by afterthought.
- Norman Cousins

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

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin


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