Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Many have never felt strong, but everyone knows what it is to feel weak.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
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  • ''Sexual attraction keeps throwing self-interest off course.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • ''Posterity—the forlorn child of nineteenth century optimism—grows ever harder to conceive.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
  • ''Expensive advertising courts us with hints and images. The ordinary kind merely says, "Buy."''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Habit keeps my life going, with occasional pushes from desire.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''If folly disappeared, wit would starve.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''I dream of vague shapes that hint of my heart's desire.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''Some marriages depend on domestic arguments the way the courts depend on litigation.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Every time I change the way I explain myself to myself, I have to rearrange the story of my life.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).
  • ''Critics are more committed to the rules of art than artists are.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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