Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Leonard
Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen
1934
2016

Canadian Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Novelist, Ordained as a Buddhist Monk

Author Quotes

I can't run no more with that lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. But they've summoned, they've summoned up a thundercloud and they're going to hear from me. Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in.

I don't want to be a star, merely dying.

I have often prayed for you like this. Let me have her.

I read with some amusement my reputation as a ladies' man. My friends are amused by that, too, because they know my life.

I told you when I came I was a stranger.

I?m always pleased when somebody sings a song of mine. In fact, I never get over that initial rush of happiness when someone says they are going to sing a song of mine. I always like it? That song enters the world and it gets changed, like everything else ? that?s OK as long as there are more authentic versions. But a good song, I think, will get changed.

I'm guided by a signal in the heavens. I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin. I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons. First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.

It doesn't matter how anything happens.

It's been a long time since I've stood on a stage in London. Was about 14 or 15 years ago, I was 60 years old, just a kid with a crazy dream. Since then I've taken a lot of Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Ritalin, Focalin. I've also studied deeply in the philosophies and the religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through.

Journalists, especially English journalists, were very cruel to me. They said I only knew three chords when I knew five!

May everyone live, and may everyone die. Hello, my love, and my love, Goodbye.

My reputation as a ladies' man was a joke that caused me to laugh bitterly through the ten thousand nights I spent alone.

Only one thing made him happy and now that it was gone everything made him happy.

Rust, rust, rust in the engines of love and time.

Someone gave me wishes and I wished for an embrace.

The day wasn't exactly my own since I checked and found it on a public calendar. Tripping over many pairs of legs as I walked down the park I also learned my lust was not so rare a masterpiece.

First Name
Leonard
Last Name
Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen
Birth Date
1934
Death Date
2016
Bio

Canadian Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Novelist, Ordained as a Buddhist Monk