Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''The squabbles of philandering Zeus and shrewish Hera are the Greeks' comment on married life.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
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  • ''Comedy defends the commonplace; tragedy explodes it.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''If suffering brought wisdom, the dentist's office would be full of luminous ideas.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''The desire to be significant casts a pall.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Indifference is an excellent substitute for patience.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''Metaphysics keeps surviving its obituaries.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''Old and young disbelieve one another's truths.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''The flesh of past lovers looks both familiar and strange.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''When Medusa looks in the mirror, she sees the Lady of Sorrows.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''We sometimes find truth, but more often it finds us.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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