Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Speak to me, lovely creature of my dreams, but only a few vague words.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
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  • ''Babies and the old are permitted self-absorption. In between, it provokes resentment.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Rage against the world, if you like, but quietly, or the Guardians will awake.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''Sophistication knows the score, but is powerless to change it.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''Everyone values the good nature of a man with a gun.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''Death promises nothing—not even oblivion.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''After ages of bombast, the rhetoric of virtue has become ironic and shy.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''An imprudent enemy is less dangerous than an imprudent friend.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Lies save trouble now, but may return in thunder and lightning.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''The world needs an enema.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).

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