Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Youth demands more than ordinary life. Age clings to it.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
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  • ''Great men wait for the right moment to abandon caution. The rest of us abandon it when impatience becomes too much for us.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''The exhibitionist loves to flirt with shame.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Intelligence without power cannibalizes itself.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''My father liked to moralize, and so do I. But he was in earnest, while I am embarrassed and pretend that I am merely being witty.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''No one could be the way I remember my father.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Duty is whatever opposes inclination.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Worried about being a dull fellow? You might develop your talent for being irritating.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''My strengths make me contemptuous. My weaknesses make me charitable.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''The prison is the state writ small.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).

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