Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Pessimists fear becoming the dupes of Hope. Optimists enjoy Hope's company, and consider being duped no great matter.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
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  • ''Middle-aged adolescents are a libel on the real thing.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Anybody can lead a frivolous life. A frivolous writer, however, must have taste and intelligence.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Fail, and your friends feel superior. Succeed, and they feel resentful.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''The aphorism is a slippery plaything.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''As a comforter, philosophy cannot compete with a good dinner.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Strict rules of evidence would destroy psychoanalysis and literary criticism.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).
  • ''Sometimes "Yes" is rhetoric enough.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Nothing goes sour more easily than the life of pleasure.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).

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