Mason Cooley

(1927-2002)

Mason Cooley Quotes

  • ''Reading a great book causes jolts and frights.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
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  • ''One who can find lemons sweet and grapes sour is ready for Dame Fortune.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Dreams are distorted representations of desire. So are dream- analyses.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • ''If you are going to be rude, be quick about it.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • ''Prudence does not save us, but shows us pictures of our destroyers.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).
  • ''There is a line between a definite maybe and an indefinite yes.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • ''Rule of criticism: only attend to the shape, and the purpose will manifest itself.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).
  • ''Moralists love to discourse on the hollowness of success; about the hollowness of failure they are silent.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
  • ''I feel disappointed, but I don't remember just what I expected.''
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).

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