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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I love you is the inscription on Pandora's box.

Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness but enables us to move back from it a little.

If you are going to break a Law of Art make the crime interesting.

Kafka: cries of helplessness in twenty powerful volumes.

If modesty disappeared so would exhibitionism.

Procrastination makes easy things hard hard things harder.

To understand someone find out how he spends his money.

Fulfillment is often more trouble than it is worth.

Faith moves mountains but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.

The horse stares at its captor barely remembering the free kicks of youth.

Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.

Ultimately blind faith is the only kind.

Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.

Language is the friendliest of the things from which we cannot escape.

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.

The real secrets are not the ones I tell.

Young poets bewail the passing of love, old poets the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.

Sincerity: willingness to spend one's own money.

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.

Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time.

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