Facts about Mason Cooley

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Mason Cooley was a famous Writer from USA, who lived between 1927 and July 25, 2002.

Biography

He 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 English, speech and world literature at the College of Staten Island. He was also an assistant professor of English at Columbia University from 1959 to 1967 and an adjunct professor from 1980 to 1988.

Our collection contains 158 quotes who is written / told by Mason, under the main topics: Equality, Pet, Time.

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Famous quotes by Mason Cooley (158)


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"There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them"
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"A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats"
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"The time I kill is killing me"
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"The shades of respectability begin to close about the greying head"
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"The educated do not share a common body of information, but a common state of mind"
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"The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul"
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"Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder"
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"Preserving tradition has become a nice hobby, like stamp collecting"
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"Only the broken-hearted know the truth about love"
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"Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content"
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"I love you is the inscription on Pandora's box"
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"Hypocrisy is the outside of cynicism"
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"Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little"
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"General statements omit what we really want to know. Example: some horses run faster than others"
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"Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle"
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"Expensive advertising courts us with hints and images. The ordinary kind merely says, Buy"
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"Even boredom has its crises"
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"As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance"
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"Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it"
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"The real secrets are not the ones I tell"
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"Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future"
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"Romantics consider common sense vulgar"
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"Observe decorum, and it will open a path to morality"
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"No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime"
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"Language is the friendliest of the things from which we cannot escape"
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"It is possible to interpret without observing, but not to observe without interpreting"
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"Ideology has shaped the very sofa on which I sit"
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"Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage"
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"Hatred observes with more care than love does"
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"Fears and lies intensify consciousness"
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"Don't stare into a mirror when you are trying to solve a problem"
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"Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is"
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"An omnipotent God is the only being with no reason to lie"
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"After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success"
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"Affection reproaches, but does not denounce"
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"Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference"
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"The wisdom of age: don't stop walking"
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"Reason enables us to get around in the world of ideas, but cannot prescribe our thoughts"
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"Rage is exciting, but leaves me confused and exhausted"
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"Other people's beliefs may be myths, but not mine"
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"Minds will wander even during the Last Judgment"
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"Melancholy is as seductive as Ecstasy"
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"Love begins with an image; lust with a sensation"
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"In the street, the gaze of desire is furtive or menacing"
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"Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are"
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"I did not know I was in my prime until afterwards"
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"Fail, and your friends feel superior. Succeed, and they feel resentful"
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"Cynicism is full of naive disappointments"
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"Children now expect their parents to audition for approval"
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"Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty"
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"An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another"
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"Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences"
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"A blunt statement can be as false as any other"
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"A blocked path also offers guidance"
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"Writers mean more than they say and say more than they mean"
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"While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote"
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"When a man bores a woman, she complains. When a woman bores a man, he ignores her"
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"To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little"
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"The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth"
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"The discontented believe that their regrets are about the past"
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"Stated clearly enough, an idea may cancel itself out"
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"Rescue someone unwilling to look after himself, and he will cling to you like a dangerous illness"
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"Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort"
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"Old and young disbelieve one another's truths"
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"Never try to leap from a standstill"
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"Malice is always authentic and sincere"
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"Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises"
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"In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same"
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"If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting"
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"I see what you mean, but I do not think what you think"
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"Good parties create a temporary youthfulness"
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"Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?"
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"Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying"
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"Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better"
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"Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word"
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"Even cats grow lonely and anxious"
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"Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves"
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"As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance"
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"Art seduces, but does not exploit"
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"Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation"
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"A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings"
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"What lies behind appearance is usually another appearance"
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"We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled"
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"Travelers never think that they are the foreigners"
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"The body has a mind of its own"
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"The beginning of self-knowledge: recognizing that your motives are the same as other people's"
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"Seeing my malevolent face in the mirror, my benevolent soul shrinks back"
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"Reality is the name we give to our disappointments"
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"Never ask a bore a question"
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"Mind and body obstruct one another's pleasures"
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"I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am"
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"Few artists can afford artistic temperament"
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"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed"
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"Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity"
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"Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time"
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"Conscious thought is the tidying up at the end"
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"Complainers change their complaints, but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining"
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"Children use all their wiles to get their way with adults. Adults do the same with children"
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"Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it"
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"A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats"
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"A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude"
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"'Be faithful to your roots' is the liberal version of 'Stay in your ghetto.'"
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"Women encourage men to be childish, then scold them"
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"Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening"
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"Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day"
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"Thinking about the universe has now been handed over to specialists. The rest of us merely read about it"
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"The beloved is the ultimate fetish"
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"Rereading, we find a new book"
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"Opportunity knocks, but doesn't always answer to its name"
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"My thought has been shaped by books; my desires by pictures"
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"Money: power at its most liquid"
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"Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth"
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"In the game of love, the losers are more celebrated than the winners"
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"In psychoanalysis, only the fee is exactly what it seems to be"
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"In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words"
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"If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements"
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"Few friendships could survive the moodiness of love affairs"
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"Critic's delight: scolding the Mighty Dead"
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"City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life"
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"After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means"
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"A real idea keeps changing and appears in many places"
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"Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?"
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"When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion"
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"The sage belongs to the same obsolete repertory as the virtuous maiden and the enlightened monarch"
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"The ravaged face in the mirror hides the enchanting youth that is the real me"
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"The man of sensibility is too busy talking about his feelings to have time for good deeds"
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"The higher the moral tone, the more suspect the speaker"
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"Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm"
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"Reputation runs behind the current state of affairs"
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"Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over"
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"Often, when I want to consult my impulses, I cannot find them"
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"Many gloat over their own troubles"
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"Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology"
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"Kafka: cries of helplessness in twenty powerful volumes"
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"If I play hard to get, soon the phone stops ringing altogether"
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"Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it"
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"Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred"
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"Death is frightening, and so is Eternal Life"
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"Cure for an obsession: get another one"
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"At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly"
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"Without civilization, we would not turn into animals, but vegetables"
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"When sages commend excess, Desire is sick"
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"Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris"
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"Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer"
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"The gods are watching, but idly, yawning"
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"The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort"
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"Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends"
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"Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence"
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"Logic teaches rules for presentation, not thinking"
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"Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation"
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"In every death, a busy world comes to an end"
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"I know that I am what I am. But I am not sure what I am"
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"Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise"
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"Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it"
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"Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss"
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"Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness"
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"Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?"
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"While there's life, there's fear"


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