Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Aphorisms are not true or false, but pointed or flat.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
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  • ''Vicarious living is only slightly less impossible than vicarious eating.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''Laughter scares off lust.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Finding a thought for an aphorism is not hard. Putting a kink in its tail is the hard part.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''A crisis unmasks everyone.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''The Ancient Mariner seizes the guest at the wedding feast and will not let go until he has told all his story: the prototype of the bore.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Without the blessing of cowardice, the world would long since have been torn to bits.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Guilt stirs me, but only to self-pity.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''I love you, but alas, in different ways and different amounts.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''My aspiration now is to get by luck what I could not get by merit.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).

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