Norman Cousins

1912 - 1990

A Quote by Norman Cousins on belief, starting, and world

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

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on pessimism

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on conflict, conscience, generations, humanity, nations, needs, peace, privacy, prosperity, and security

If there is a conflict between the security of the sovereign state and the security of the human commonwealth, the human commonwealth comes first. If there is a conflict between the well-being of the nation and the well-being of humanity, the well-being of humanity comes first. If there is a conflict between the needs of this generation and the needs of all later generations, the needs of the later generations come first. If there is a conflict between public edict and private conscience, private conscience comes first. If there is a conflict between the easy drift of prosperity and the ordeal of peace, the ordeal of peace comes first.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

Source: Place of Folly, 1962.

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on death, heart, indifference, life, and people

The heart of the matter is that some people like to cause injury or death to living things. And many of those who do not are indifferent to those who do.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on citizenship, education, individuality, knowledge, needs, order, preparation, relationships, schools, survival, time, and world

Fortunately or otherwise we live at a time when the average individual has to know several times as much in order to keep informed as he did only thirty or forty years ago. Being "educated" today requires not only more than a superficial knowledge of the arts and sciences, but a sense of inter-relationship such as is taught in few schools. Finally, being "educated" today, in terms of the larger needs, means preparation for world citizenship; in short, education for survival.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins

The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on adventure, forgiveness, and life

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on books and meaning

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

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

Source: Saturday Review, 15 AprIL 1978

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on birth, fame, history, ideas, libraries, life, and metaphor

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 (1912 - 1990)

Source: American Library Association "Bulletin," October 1954

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on birth, books, fame, history, ideas, libraries, life, literature, metaphor, and worship

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 one 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.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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