Mason Cooley


American Aphorist

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To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.

When a paradox is widely believed, it is no longer recognized as a paradox.

Young men preen. Old men scheme.

To understand someone, find out how he spends his money.

When appearance and reality coincide, philosophy and literary criticism find themselves with nothing to say.

Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.

Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris.

When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.

Treat unhappiness as a defect and fewer would embrace it

When sages commend excess, desire is sick.

True self is the part of us that does not change when circumstances do.

When science drove the gods out of nature, they took refuge in poetry and the porticos of civic buildings.

Truth can remain silent. Lies must be spoken.

When you can't figure out what to do, it's time for a nap.

Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.

While there's life, there's fear.

Unemployment diminishes people. Leisure enlarges them.

While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote.

Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.

Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?

Vacations prove that a life of pleasure is overrated.

Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?

Violence stops thought; Hence its popularity as a pain-killer

With every physical pain, my moral fiber unravels a little.

Was there little time between the invention of language and the coming of true and false?

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American Aphorist