Norman Cousins Quotations

Norman Cousins

Belief creates biology.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

History is a vast early warning system.

I see humor as food. I don't think that the only time people should eat food is when they're ill. An adequate share of humor and laughter represent an essential part of the diet for the healthy person.

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.

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

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of the educated man.

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.