Norman Cousins

1912 - 1990

A Quote by Norman Cousins on history

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History is a vast early warning system.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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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 acting, conscience, individuality, and life

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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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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