Quotations by Mason Cooley

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Writer
Nationality: American


'Be faithful to your roots' is the liberal version of 'Stay in your ghetto.'
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Liberal)

A blocked path also offers guidance.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Guidance)

A blunt statement can be as false as any other.
- Mason Cooley

A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Solitude)

A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: People, Cats)

A real idea keeps changing and appears in many places.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Idea)

A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Change, Heart, Blessings, Sense)

Affection reproaches, but does not denounce.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Affection)

After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Acceptance, Argument, May, Silence)

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Success)

Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Food, Time, Sex, Race, Thinking)

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another.
- Mason Cooley

An omnipotent God is the only being with no reason to lie.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: God, Lie, Being, Reason)

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Art, Imitation, Innovation)

Art seduces, but does not exploit.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Art)

As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Equality, People)

At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Wisdom, Folly)

Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Faith, Friendship, Loyalty)

Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Cats, Hate)

Children now expect their parents to audition for approval.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Approval, Children, Now, Parents)

Children use all their wiles to get their way with adults. Adults do the same with children.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Children)

City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Life, People, Country)

Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Compassion)

Complainers change their complaints, but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Change, Time, Complaining, Complaints)

Conscious thought is the tidying up at the end.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Thought, End)

Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Time, Consciousness)

Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Creativity)

Critic's delight: scolding the Mighty Dead.
- Mason Cooley

Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Fear, Cruelty, Pity)

Cure for an obsession: get another one.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Cure)

Cynicism is full of naive disappointments.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Cynicism, Disappointments)

Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Happiness, Dancing, Running)

Death is frightening, and so is Eternal Life.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Death, Life)

Documents create a paper reality we call proof.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Proof, Reality)

Don't stare into a mirror when you are trying to solve a problem.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Trying)

Eternity eludes us, even as a thought.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Thought, Eternity)

Even boredom has its crises.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Boredom)

Even cats grow lonely and anxious.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Cats, Lonely)

Even the most fickle are faithful to a few bad habits.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Habits)

Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Events)

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Courage, Act, Bed, Day)

Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: History, Literary, Will, Word)

Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Change, Excuses, Nothing)

Expensive advertising courts us with hints and images. The ordinary kind merely says, Buy.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Advertising)

Fail, and your friends feel superior. Succeed, and they feel resentful.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Friends, Succeed)

Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Faith, Mountains)

Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Nothing)

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Imagination, Desire, Fantasy)

Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Enjoyment, Struggle, Taste)

Fears and lies intensify consciousness.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Consciousness, Lies)



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