"Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Mason Cooley on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Mason Cooley on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Mason Cooley on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Mason Cooley on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Mason Cooley on Thomas Jefferson
"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."