Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Most people find just being themselves not enough of a show.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
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  • ''Dreams surround our desires with ugliness and dread.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''Asceticism without religion is just another way of cultivating peculiar sensations.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''Never lie in writing.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Boredom turns to panic if my beloved leaves before the usual time.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''A theology whose god is a metaphor is wasting its time.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''The lyric deals with love and sorrow, the aphorism with contradiction and deceit.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Wit puts politicians at risk.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Against classical philosophy: thinking about eternity or the immensity of the universe does not lessen my unhappiness.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Vice is a dreary business. And virtue is not a lot of fun, either.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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