Mason Cooley

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To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism—this is the art of living.
Jean De La Fontaine
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Mason Cooley (1927-2002) was a US aphorist.


  • When you can't figure out what to do, it's time for a nap.
  • Trust, but look for the exits.
  • Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.
  • Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.
  • Travelers never think that THEY are the foreigners.
  • In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same.
  • Theory can leave questions unanswered, but practice has to come up with something.
  • Thinking about the universe has now been handed over to specialists. The rest of us merely read about it.
  • Self-pity makes people callous.
  • A frog in love would not be enchanted to learn that her beloved had turned into Prince Charming.
  • Explanations comfort us by giving the impression that there is an order in things.
  • Every book teaches a lesson, even if the lesson is only that one has chosen the wrong book.
  • Living alone is good for privacy, bad for full-scale cooking and moving heavy furniture.
  • The sacred is found boring by many who find the uncanny fascinating.
  • Studying the past may suggest new ways of going wrong.
  • Talk about yourself as much as you like, but do not expect others to listen.
  • Many try to force the past to change.
  • Inequality is a fact. Equality is a value.
  • Listening to people keeps them entertained.
  • If you are going to be rude, be quick about it.
  • Hypocrisy is the outside of cynicism.
  • An insult angers me. Being ignored crushes me.
  • For many, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect.
  • Giving out crowns to everyone will not make a nation of kings.
  • A quiet fool can go undiscovered for a long time.
  • I regret. I apologize. I blame myself. I continue as before.
  • "Why not?" is a slogan for an interesting life.
  • Beautiful poeople are forgiven more often than the rest.
  • The madness of love can always be suspended -- to cook dinner or catch a plane, for instance.

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