"Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Mason Cooley on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Mason Cooley on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Mason Cooley on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Mason Cooley on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Mason Cooley on Joseph Stalin
"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."