Quotes by Mason Cooley

“The wisdom of age: don't stop walking.”

“Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.”

“Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.”

“Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth.”

“The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.”

“Living alone makes it harder to find someone to blame.”

“Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.”

“Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.”

“Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology.”

“If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.”

“People believe that photographs are true and therefore cannot be art.”

“Art seduces, but does not exploit.”

“Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?”

“Complainers change their complaints, but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.”

“A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.”

“Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.”

“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.”

“In every death, a busy world comes to an end.”

“Death is frightening, and so is Eternal Life.”

“As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.”

“I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy.”

“Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.”

“Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.”

“Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.”

“Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.”

“Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity.”

“While there's life, there's fear.”

“Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.”

“Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future.”

“Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.”

“Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.”

“Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.”

“Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little.”

“Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.”

“Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.”

“Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm.”

“Money: power at its most liquid.”

“Sincerity: willingness to spend one's own money.”

“Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does.”

“The passion for money is never fickle.”

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

“Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.”

“The only peace is being out of earshot.”

“A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.”

“Even cats grow lonely and anxious.”

“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.”

“Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content.”

“The power of lying is much less than the power of what is not to be discussed.”

“Only the broken-hearted know the truth about love.”

“After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.”

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

“If success is a habit, it is a hard one to acquire.”

“The time I kill is killing me.”

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

“Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time.”

“The man of sensibility is too busy talking about his feelings to have time for good deeds.”

“I'm being treated like a sex object, cried the lady. No matter. I will take care of it, said Time soothingly.”

“Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.”

“Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.”

“If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.”

“At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.”

“Women encourage men to be childish, then scold them.”

“Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.”

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