Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Passion impels our deeds; ideology supplies the explanations.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
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  • ''An illicit love affair seems sweetly old-fashioned in the age of one night stands and orgies.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''The only peace is being out of earshot.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''When love ends, the beloved is no longer standing on a pedestal, but in a hole.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''Secrets die when kept or revealed. They live by being faintly and uncertainly repeated.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''City wits, country humorists.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''When I go out, I hope to leave the worst of myself at home.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Modernism: the books are as hard to understand as life itself.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''In middle age, I practiced feeling old, but the real thing has been a rude surprise.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Leisure unmasks our weaknesses.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).

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