Quotations From MASON COOLEY

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  • 41.
    Intelligence without power cannibalizes itself.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).

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  • 42.
    My father liked to moralize, and so do I. But he was in earnest, while I am embarrassed and pretend that I am merely being witty.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).

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  • 43.
    No one could be the way I remember my father.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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  • 44.
    Duty is whatever opposes inclination.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
  • 45.
    As a child I was told by my parents that I was happy, but I did not believe them.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).

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  • 46.
    The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • 47.
    Respectability is joining chastity in the museum of dead issues.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).
  • 48.
    I love you to distraction, but I cannot see you until Thursday.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).

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  • 49.
    Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).

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  • 50.
    When love and adventure are finished, it's nice to have getting and spending to fall back on.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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