Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Eccentricity: strength of character doubling back on itself.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
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  • ''The sons of delight now shave their bodies.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Modern thought does not offer consolations, but upsets.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Pornography does not inspire violence, but you can break a leg trying to imitate it.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''My parents wanted me to solace them for sorrows they denied having had.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''Something is sticking out its tongue at me from the corner of my mirror.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Profusion gives pleasure up to a point; then we become squeamish.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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