Mason Cooley

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Mason Cooley (1927July 25, 2002) was an American literary academic and aphorist.

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  • Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
    • City Aphorisms (1984)
  • Lonely people keep up a ceaseless flow of commentary on themselves.
    • City Aphorisms (1984)
  • Ideology has shaped the very sofa on which I sit.
    • City Aphorisms, Third Selection (1986)
  • Wisdom remembers. Happiness forgets.
    • City Aphorisms, Third Selection (1986)
  • In an aphorism, aptness counts for more than truth.
    • City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
  • Scepticism is always a back road leading to some credo or other.
    • City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
  • I am easy-going right up to the borders of my self-interest.
    • City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection (1989)
  • The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
    • City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection (1989)
  • Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room.
    • City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991)
  • Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids.
    • City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991)
  • Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.
    • City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection (1992)
  • When lying to someone, look him straight in the eye.
    • City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection (1992)
  • To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.
    • City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection (1992)
  • People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.
    • City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection (1993)
  • Don’t milk the cow too hard. She will kick you.
    • City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection (1993)
  • Wisdom cannot prevent a fall, but may cushion it.
    • City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection (1993)
  • Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?
    • City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection (1994)

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