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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Few artists can afford artistic temperament.

In love we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.

We are prepared for insults but compliments leave us baffled.

Most people regard getting their way as a matter of simple justice.

If the world would apologize I might consider a reconciliation.

A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart not from more blessings.

The gods are watching but idly yawning.

Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer.

Cure for an obsession: get another one.

Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss.

Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.

Children use all their wiles to get their way with adults. Adults do the same with children.

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