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Mason Cooley (1927 – July 25, 2002) was an American aphorist known for his witty aphorisms. One of these such aphorisms Cooley developed was "The time I kill is killing me."

He was professor emeritus of English, speech and world literature at the College of Staten Island. He was also an assistant professor of English at Columbia University from 1959 to 1967 and an adjunct professor from 1980 to 1988.

He received his B.A. from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.


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Mason Cooley (19272002-07-25) was an American literary academic and aphorist.

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  • Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
    • City Aphorisms (1984)
  • Lonely people keep up a ceaseless flow of commentary on themselves.
    • City Aphorisms (1984)
  • Ideology has shaped the very sofa on which I sit.
    • City Aphorisms, Third Selection (1986)
  • Wisdom remembers. Happiness forgets.
    • City Aphorisms, Third Selection (1986)
  • In an aphorism, aptness counts for more than truth.
    • City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
  • Scepticism is always a back road leading to some credo or other.
    • City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
  • I am easy-going right up to the borders of my self-interest.
    • City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection (1989)
  • The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
    • City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection (1989)
  • Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room.
    • City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991)
  • Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids.
    • City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991)
  • Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.
    • City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection (1992)
  • When lying to someone, look him straight in the eye.
    • City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection (1992)
  • To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.
    • City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection (1992)
  • People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.
    • City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection (1993)
  • Don’t milk the cow too hard. She will kick you.
    • City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection (1993)
  • Wisdom cannot prevent a fall, but may cushion it.
    • City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection (1993)
  • Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?
    • City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection (1994)

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