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Norman Cousins Quotes and Sayings

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- Norman Cousins

Related topics: Inspirational Life Human-Nature Psychology Love

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

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

 

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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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

He who keeps his cool best wins.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
- Norman Cousins

Laughter is inner jogging.
- 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

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

We will not have peace by afterthought.
- 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

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

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

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

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
- 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 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

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha


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