Norman Cousins
Norman Cousins was an American political journalist
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, author
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, professor
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, and world peace
World peace
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Cousins was born in Union City, New Jersey
Union City, New Jersey
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. At age 11, he was misdiagnosed with tuberculosis
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 and placed in a sanatorium
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. Despite this, he was an athletic youth, and he claimed that as a young boy, he had “set out to discover exuberance.”

Cousins attended Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School (New York City)
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 in the Bronx, New York City
New York City
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, graduating on February 3, 1933. He edited the high school paper, "The Square Deal", where his editing abilities were already in evidence.

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.

Who Speaks for Man? (1953), p. 318

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.

American Library Association Bulletin (Oct 1954)

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.

Quoted in Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time (1977) by Laurence J. Peter

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.

Reader’s Digest (September 1980)

Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths.

The Pathology of Power (1987), pg. 207)

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

Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189

We will not have peace by afterthought.

Editorial (1956) on importance of preservation rather than breaches of world peace

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.

Editorial (1956) on importance of preservation rather than breaches of world peace