Mason Cooley Quotes

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Folly always knows the answer.

answers folly

Rereading, we find a new book.

re-reading reading

The time I kill is killing me.
— Mason Cooley

time

Fear regulates.  Appetite impels.

appetite

The life of pleasure breeds boredom.

boredom pleasure

The aphorism is a slippery plaything.

aphorisms

Melancholy is as seductive as Ecstasy.

melancholy

Pride sings and dances; humility sighs.

humility

Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.
— Mason Cooley

faith

A skyscraper is a boast in glass and steel.
— Mason Cooley
Self-pity dries up our sympathy for others.

self-pity sympathy

The nonsense that charms is close to sense.

nonsense

Denial of one appetite sharpens the others.

appetite

Attaining even mediocrity is often a struggle.

mediocrity

People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.

envy jealousy

Jargon is part ceremonial robe, part false beard.
The critic roams through culture, looking for prey.

critics

Mistakes are the only universal form of originality.

mistakes

With age, comfort becomes more seductive than beauty.

age

In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.

food

Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does.

kindness

Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.
— Mason Cooley

forgiveness

Passion crashes into obstacles; reason peers around them.

passion obstacles reason

The narcissist enjoys being looked at and not looking back.

narcissist

Joy goes as deep as sorrow, but leaves less of itself behind.

joy suffering

Even in writing an annual report, the unconscious plays a role.

subconscious

Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love.

narcissist

Stupidity is a fact of life, but unmentionable. The new Prudery.

stupidity

At the end of every diet, the path curves back toward the trough.

dieting

The extravagance of intellect outstrips the extravagance of desire.

intellect

Pornography and cooking shows have created two new spectator sports.

cooking

The life of pleasure breeds boredom. The life of duty breeds resentment.

resentment duty

As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.
— Mason Cooley

equality

The aphorism offers a momentary sense of mastery over some confusion or unhappiness.

aphorisms

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.

narcissist

Arrogance rides triumphantly through the gates, barely glancing at the old woman about to cut the rope and spring shut the trap.

arrogance