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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Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.

I did not know I was in my prime until afterwards.

Art seduces but does not exploit.

Preserving tradition has become a nice hobby like stamp collecting.

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.

Poor but happy is not a phrase invented by a poor person.

The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort.

Death is frightening and so is Eternal Life.

If we think about the obvious long enough it dissolves.

Some loves are like a vice that has ceased to give pleasure.

After an argument silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.

To understand a literary style consider what it omits.

Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?

Love begins with an image, lust with a sensation.

In the street the gaze of desire is furtive or menacing.

Documents create a paper reality we call proof.

Complainers change their complaints but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.

The sage belongs to the same obsolete repertory as the virtuous maiden and the enlightened monarch.

Journalism never admits that nothing much is happening.

After my spectacular failures I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.

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