Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Civilization creates discontents; barbarism creates quick endings.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
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  • ''Rule of religion: purpose breathes even in dirt and stones.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''Pater: too much graceful drapery obscures the strength of the body beneath.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''Confess to the misdeeds you cannot hide.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Courage, determination, and hard work are all very nice, but not so nice as an oil well in the back yard.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''In middle age, going naked contributes little to public enjoyment.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''When courtesy fails, be nasty, brutish, and short.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''Cheerfulness is a policy; happiness is a talent.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Acknowledge your limitations or they will tyrannize over you.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''The narcissist enjoys being looked at and not looking back.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).

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