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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A blunt statement can be as false as any other.

People believe that photographs are true and therefore cannot be art.

While we are reading we are all Don Quixote.

Conscious thought is the tidying up at the end.

If success is a habit it is a hard one to acquire.

Ideology has shaped the very sofa on which I sit.

Compassion brings us to a stop and for a moment we rise above ourselves.

Expensive advertising courts us with hints and images. The ordinary kind merely says Buy.

The power of lying is much less than the power of what is not to be discussed.

Never try to leap from a standstill.

Critic's delight: scolding the Mighty Dead.

Logic teaches rules for presentation not thinking.

Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth.

There are different rules for reading for thinking and for talking. Writing blends all three of them.

Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.

Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.

Rage is exciting but leaves me confused and exhausted.

For many immaturity is an ideal not a defect.

The educated do not share a common body of information but a common state of mind.

Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle.

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