Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
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  • ''Deconstruction glorifies the critic, humiliates the author, and makes the reader wonder why he bothered.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''"Know thyself"? A recipe for a life of embarrassments and regrets.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''The Puritan sours his pleasures by disguising them as duties.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''To be sexy, nudes need a little underwear.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Aphorisms know the angles, but not the structure.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''I have a special grudge against those who have the same faults as I do.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Winning means outlasting everyone else.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''If you belong to the underclass, you are already guilty.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).

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