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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The man of sensibility is too busy talking about his feelings to have time for good deeds.

My mind is led astray by every faint rustle.

Often when I want to consult my impulses I cannot find them.

In bridge clubs and in councils of state the passions are the same.

Philosophy likes to keen common sense on the run.

Young men preen. Old men scheme.

'Be faithful to your roots' is the liberal version of 'Stay in your ghetto.'

The body has a mind of its own.

The ravaged face in the mirror hides the enchanting youth that is the real me.

If I play hard to get soon the phone stops ringing altogether.

First literature came to refer only to itself the literary theory.

Hatred observes with more care than love does.

At sixty I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty but I know a great deal more about folly.

The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.

Never ask a bore a question.

Women encourage men to be childish then scold them.

Fears and lies intensify consciousness.

Without civilization we would not turn into animals but vegetables.

Creativity makes a leap then looks to see where it is.

Even boredom has its crises.

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