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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Worried about being a dull fellow? You might develop your talent for being irritating.

General statements omit what we really want to know. Example: some horses run faster than others.

My parents wanted me to solace them for sorrows they denied having had.

Seeing my malevolent face in the mirror my benevolent soul shrinks back.

Stated clearly enough an idea may cancel itself out.

A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people and many cats prefer people to other cats.

Romantics consider common sense vulgar.

A blocked path also offers guidance.

Many gloat over their own troubles.

The wisdom of age: don't stop walking.

In psychoanalysis only the fee is exactly what it seems to be.

The novel avoids the sublime and seeks out the interesting.

To be successful be ahead of your time but only a little.

Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.

The shades of respectability begin to close about the greying head.

My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.

The only peace is being out of earshot.

To confer dignity forgive. To express contempt forget.

The passion for money is never fickle.

Hypocrisy is the outside of cynicism.

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