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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Malice is always authentic and sincere.

Mistakes are the only universal form of originality.

Innocence: I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path.

Excuses change nothing but make everyone feel better.

Taste refers to the past imagination to the future.

We are more tied to our faults than to our virtues.

Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.

Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.

Folly always knows the answer.

As equality increases so does the number of people struggling for predominance.

If you call failures experiments you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.

Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology.

Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris.

Affection reproaches but does not denounce.

Thinking about the universe has now been handed over to specialists. The rest of us merely read about it.

Outside books we avoid colorful characters.

Opportunity knocks but doesn't always answer to its name.

An omnipotent God is the only being with no reason to lie.

Talk about yourself as much as you like but do not expect others to listen.

Reason enables us to get around in the world of ideas but cannot prescribe our thoughts.

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