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

Norman Cousins

Profession: Journalist
Nationality: American

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

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.

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.

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.

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.

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.

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 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.

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.

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.

Laughter is inner jogging.

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.

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

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