The poet reminds men of their uniqueness and it is not necessary to possess the ultimate definition of this uniqueness. Even to speculate is a gain.
1978 In the Saturday Review,15 Apr.
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.Norman Cousins
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas — a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins
What a man really says when he says that someone else can be persuaded by force, is that he himself is incapable of more rational means of communication.Norman Cousins
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.Norman Cousins
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.Norman Cousins
We will not have peace by afterthought.Norman Cousins
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.Norman Cousins
The present mode of life on earth is madness, which is nontheless lethal for being legal. Rational existence is possible, but it calls for a world consciousness and a world design. People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.Norman Cousins
A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.Norman Cousins
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.Norman Cousins
History is a vast early warning system.Norman Cousins
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.Norman Cousins
The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.Norman Cousins