IdleHearts / Mason Cooley
Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?
Without civilization, we would not turn into animals, but vegetables.
Women encourage men to be childish, then scold them.
Worried about being a dull fellow? You might develop your talent for being irritating.
Writers mean more than they say and say more than they mean.
Young men preen. Old men scheme.
Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.
Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris.
Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.
Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.
Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.
We are more tied to our faults than to our virtues.
We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.
Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.
What lies behind appearance is usually another appearance.
When a man bores a woman, she complains. When a woman bores a man, he ignores her.
When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.
When sages commend excess, Desire is sick.
While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote.
Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?
There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them.
Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer.
Thinking about the universe has now been handed over to specialists. The rest of us merely read about it.
Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.
To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.
To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.