Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
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  • ''If you insist on asking me why I feel the way I do, I plan to take the Fifth Amendment.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).
  • ''Your flattery is as full of contempt as your insults were.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''Malice is always authentic and sincere.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''The novelty we want is always close to the familiar.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Fulfillment is often more trouble than it is worth.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''Being charming takes time and effort, and I am busy.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''After rejection—misery, then thoughts of revenge, and finally, oh well, another try elsewhere.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''The daily lives of the pickpocket and the whore are even more monotonous than those of the delivery boy and the housewife.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).

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