Quotations From MASON COOLEY


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  • Jealousy is inconsolable because it cannot know the beloved's innermost thoughts.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • Worrying is as futile as boredom, but harder work.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).

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  • Snobs in pursuit of a mark are more shameless than the sluts of Sodom.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • Virtue sometimes pretends. Vice is always sincere.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).

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  • Political correctness is driving machismo underground and recalling effeminacy from exile.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • The lovelorn: knowing the fictive nature of their misery does not ease their suffering.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).

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  • Wisdom is dead. Long live information.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • Curiosity is an asset mostly frittered away.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • Every work of art changes its predecessors.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).

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  • Often, when I want to consult my impulses, I cannot find them.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
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