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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People who abhor solitude may abhor company almost as much.

Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.

Rescue someone unwilling to look after himself and he will cling to you like a dangerous illness.

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.

Magic trick: to make people disappear ask them to fulfill their promises.

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.

Don't stare into a mirror when you are trying to solve a problem.

I'm being treated like a sex object, cried the lady. No matter. I will take care of it, said Time soothingly.

Even cats grow lonely and anxious.

Living alone makes it harder to find someone to blame.

Unlike the actual the fictional explains itself.

A real idea keeps changing and appears in many places.

In the game of love the losers are more celebrated than the winners.

Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.

Children now expect their parents to audition for approval.

I see what you mean but I do not think what you think.

No chaos no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime.

Sloth not ill-will makes me unjust.

The time I kill is killing me.

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.

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