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Mason Cooley Quotes


An American aphorist known for his witty aphorisms.
(1927 - 2002)

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"Why not" is a slogan for an interesting life.
 

'Be faithful to your roots' is the liberal version of 'Stay in your ghetto.'
 

A blocked path also offers guidance.
 

A blunt statement can be as false as any other.
 

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
 

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

A real idea keeps changing and appears in many places.
 

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

Affection reproaches, but does not denounce.
 

After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.
 

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.
 

Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.
 

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.
 

An adolescent is both an impulsive child and a self-starting adult.
[Children]
 

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

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
 

Art seduces, but does not exploit.
 

As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.
[Equality]
 

At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.
 

At the end of every diet, the path curves back toward the trough.
[Food]
 


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