Mason Cooley


American Aphorist

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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?

Without civilization, we would not turn into animals, but vegetables.

We are more tied to our faults than to our virtues.

Women encourage men to be childish, then scold them.

We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.

Worried about being a dull fellow? You might develop your talent for being irritating.

Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.

Writers mean more than they say and say more than they mean.

When a man bores a woman, she complains. When a woman bores a man, he ignores her.

Writing about an idea frees me of it. Thinking about it is a circle of repetitions.

To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.

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American Aphorist