Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''To avoid tripping on the chain of the past, you have to pick it up and wind it about you.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
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  • ''Magic lives in curves, not angles.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''In New York, pretending to be above the struggle means no seat on the bus and a table next to the kitchen.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''Fame is fickle, but Obscurity is usually faithful to the end.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''In excess, craving and revulsion alternate.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''The real reality is always just around the corner.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Everyone knows that (1) happiness is the goal of life, and (2) happiness is a chimera.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''The hysterical find too much significance in things. The depressed find too little.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''A suburb is an attempt to get out of reach of the city without having the city be out of reach.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''The ironies in the commonplace are my inspiration and delight.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).

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