Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
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  • ''Even in the midst of love-making, writers are working on the description.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''If your nose is up in the air, you cannot see where you are going.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''First literature came to refer only to itself, the literary theory.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Life is the risk we cannot refuse.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Weakness is a better teacher than strength. Weakness must learn to understand the obstacles that strength brushes aside.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''If everything had a label, we would live in a fully delineated but false world.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''I create my social existence by earning and spending.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Dancers dance through their pain. I shrink from mine.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''The lover as baby is a less troubling idea than the baby as lover.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).

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