Norman Cousins Quotes

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.

Pessimism is a waste of time.

Our own age is not likely to be distinguished in history for the large numbers of people who insisted on finding the time to think. Plainly, this is not the Age of Meditative Man… Substitutes for repose are a billion dollar business. Almost daily, new antidotes for contemplation spring into being and leap out from […]

Infinity converts the possible into the inevitable.

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.

Don’t deny the diagnosis; try to defy the verdict.

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.

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.

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