Quotations From MASON COOLEY

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  • Spirituality now wanders from sex to drugs to art to revolution to violence—whatever seems to promise deliverance from the quotidian.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • Your words and my words are the same, but not our meaning.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • The beginning sets the rules.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • Saying "I feel guilty" is a mere form of words. Saying "I feel ashamed" is not.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).
  • Mars and Venus are at it again. This time, Hephaestus is standing by with a private detective, a photographer, and a lawyer.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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  • Postmodern agenda: the peep show is the art form; the voyeur is the protagonist; the goal is excitement from a safe distance; the alibi is that it's all ironic.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
  • Creative memory is the historian's most subtle opponent.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).

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  • Opportunity often goes begging. Luck, never.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • Think of the many different relations of form and content. E.g., the many pairs of trousers and what's in them.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
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