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

Norman Cousins

Profession: Journalist
Nationality: American

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Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

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.

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

He who keeps his cool best wins.

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.

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.

Laughter is inner jogging.

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?

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.

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.

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

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.

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.

We will not have peace by afterthought.