Mason Cooley Quotes

In the museums, everything is in quotation marks.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
Silence kills scandal.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
Whatever is spoken of acquires a certain existence.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).
Never ask a bore a question.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).
Good books do not make people wiser or happier—only more conscious.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).
Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).
The power of the past does not depend on our knowledge of it.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).
When poets go off the boil, they sound like bumble bees; when critics do, they sound like sewing machines.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).
The aphorism offers a momentary sense of mastery over some confusion or unhappiness.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).
Belief forages, moving from pasture to pasture.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).