"Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm."
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."Mason Cooley on Lao Tzu
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."Mason Cooley on Oscar Wilde
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."Mason Cooley on Jim Morrison
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."Mason Cooley on H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."Mason Cooley on Bruce Lee
"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."