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Norman Cousins
Norman Cousins
(1915 - 1990)
American author and journalist.
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The most costly disease is not cancer or coronaries. The most costly disease is boredom - costly for both individual and society.
- Norman Cousins | Bores and Boredom Quotes
Capitalism in the United States has undergone profound modification, not just under the New Deal but through a consensus that continued to grow after the New Deal. Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
- Norman Cousins | Capitalism Quotes
History is a vast early warning system.
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.
- Norman Cousins | Hope Quotes
The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.
- Norman Cousins | Loneliness Quotes
Don't defy the diagnosis, try to defy the verdict.
- Norman Cousins | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
Nothing is more essential in the treatment of serious disease than the liberation of the patient from panic and forboding.
- Norman Cousins | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
The possibility of war increases in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the instruments of war.
- Norman Cousins | War Quotes
Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.
- Norman Cousins | Acceptance Quotes
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- Norman Cousins | Forgiveness Quotes
It is nonsense to say there is not enough time to be fully informed. ... Time given to thought is the greatest timesaver of all.
- Norman Cousins | One Day Quotes
Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations-plus or minus-it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.
- Norman Cousins | Positive Quotes
Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations-plus or minus-it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.
- Norman Cousins | Positive Quotes
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.
- Norman Cousins | Positive Quotes
Death is not the enemy, living in constant fear of it is.
The essence of man is imperfection.
- Norman Cousins | Perfection Quotes
To talk about the need for perfection in man is to talk about the need for another species.
- Norman Cousins | Perfection Quotes
It has always seemed to me that hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
- Norman Cousins | Lighten up Quotes
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.
- Norman Cousins | Peace Quotes


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