Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''To win hearts, smile kindly on people's weaknesses.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
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  • ''Sleaze is a point by point refutation of elegance.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
  • ''Human nature is a scoundrel's favorite explanation.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • ''Now that I see you understand me so well, I will avoid you.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
  • ''As a child I was told by my parents that I was happy, but I did not believe them.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Good places for aphorisms: in fortune cookies, on bumper stickers, and on banners flying over the Palace of Free Advice.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Friends are sometimes boring, but enemies—never.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Many attempt to harvest what was never planted.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Emblem: the carapace of the great crowned snail is painted with all the flags of the United Nations.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''Alone, I am satisfied with myself. With others, I am beset by troubling comparisons.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).

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