31 Greatest Leonard Cohen Quotes

31 Greatest Leonard Cohen Quotes

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Leonard Cohen is a singer, musician, and poet from Westmount, Canada. His work gained popularity due to his focus on sexuality, relationships, and religion. Some of his albums include Songs from a Room which released in 1969 and I’m Your Man in 1988 which was his most popular album. He still writes music today and is 80 years old.

“A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

“Although only one man may be receiving the favors of a woman, all men in her presence are warmed.”

“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.”

“Here I stand, I’m your man.”

“I always considered myself a minor writer. My province is small, and I try to explore it very, very thoroughly.”

“I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.”

“I come from a country where we do not have the same struggles as you have. I respect your struggles. And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.”

“I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.”

“I don’t know which side is anybody on any more. I don’t really care. There is a moment when we have to transcend the side we’re on and understand that we are creatures of a higher order. ”

“I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I’ve had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn’t want to write, to be able to have satisfied
that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work — just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege.”

“I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your
strategies collapse.”

“I told you when I came I was a stranger.”

“Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their
compassion will be true.”

“Music is the emotional life of most people.”

“Now, I don’t want to give you the impression that I’m a great musicologist, but I’m a lot better than what I was described as for a long, long time; you know, people said I only knew three
chords when I knew five.”

“Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.”

“Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win ‘Vocalist of the Year’.”

“People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure. I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted
when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.”

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

“Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.”

“Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.”

“The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.”

“The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.”

“We’re always experiencing joy or sadness. But there are lots of people who’ve closed down. And there are times in one’s life when one has to close down just to regroup.”

“We’re in a world where there’s famine and hunger and people are dodging bullets and having their nails pulled out in dungeons so it’s very hard for me to place any high value on the work
that I do to write a song. Yeah, I work hard but compared to what?”

“What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. ”

“When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.”

“When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That’s about all you can do.”

“When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.”

“You have loved enough, now let me be the lover.” You could say that God is speaking to you or the cosmos, or your lover. It just means, like, Forget it. Lean back and be loved by all that
is already loving you. It is your effort at love that is preventing you from experiencing it.”