Norman Cousins

1912 - 1990

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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A Quote by Norman Cousins on play

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Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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