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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Money: power at its most liquid.

The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul.

Mind and body obstruct one another's pleasures.

Self-hatred and self-love are equally self-centered.

Office politics are bloody-minded but weak on content.

Only the broken-hearted know the truth about love.

Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over.

Fail and your friends feel superior. Succeed and they feel resentful.

When sages commend excess Desire is sick.

Moo may represent an idea but only the cow knows.

Old and young disbelieve one another's truths.

While there's life there's fear.

Most reputations are not ruined but forgotten.

Eternity eludes us even as a thought.

Cynicism is full of naive disappointments.

Listening to people keeps them entertained.

Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?

Even the most fickle are faithful to a few bad habits.

It is possible to interpret without observing but not to observe without interpreting.

Self-reform is the only kind that works.

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