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  • To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).
  • Diplomats lie with a heavy sense of destiny.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).

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  • Alzheimer's usually comes later than AIDS, but I decline to call that progress.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).

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  • Curiosity makes loneliness.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
  • Family life may survive as a form of evening and weekend entertainment.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).

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  • I do not remember joy or sorrow in childhood, but listening for clues.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).

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  • Snarls and sobs show that a love affair is getting serious.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).

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  • Folly always knows the answer.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
  • An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
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