Mason Cooley

Mason Cooley

Mason Cooley (1927 – July 25, 2002) was an American aphorist known for his witty aphorisms. One of these such aphorisms Cooley developed was "The time I kill is killing me." He was professor emeritus of French, speech and world literature at the College of Staten Island.

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Rereading we find a new book.

My thought has been shaped by books, my desires by pictures.

I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy.

Other people's beliefs may be myths, but not mine.

City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life.

The man in the street is always a stranger.

Friends are sometimes boring, but enemies never.

Cats are inquisitive but hate to admit it.

The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small.

Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.

The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant but seldom carefree.

If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined.

The discontented believe that their regrets are about the past.

Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.

Minds will wander even during the Last Judgment.

Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.

Logic and fact keep interfering with the easy flow of conversation.

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