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 don't really understand that process called reincarnation but if there is such a thing I'd like to come back as my daughter's dog.

I had a good raincoat then, a Burberry I got in London in 1959. Elizabeth thought I looked like a spider in it. That was probably why she wouldn't go to Greece with me. It hung more heroically when I took out the lining, and achieved glory when the frayed sleeves were repaired with a little leather. Things were clear. I knew how to dress in those days. It was stolen from Marianne's loft in New York sometime during the early seventies. I wasn't wearing it very much toward the end.

I loved you when you opened like a lily to the heat; you see I?m just another snowman standing in the rain and sleet who loved you with his frozen love, his second hand physique, with all he is and all he was a thousand kisses deep.

I think the irony of America is transcendent in the song. It?s not an ironic song. It?s a song of deep intimacy and affirmation of the experiment of democracy in this country. That this is really where the experiment is unfolding. This is really where the races confront one another, where the classes, where the genders, where even the sexual orientations confront one another. This is the real laboratory of democracy. So I wanted to have that feeling in the song, too.

I would like to remind the management that the drinks are watered and the hat-check girl has syphilis and the band is composed of former SS monsters. However since it is new year's eve and I have lip cancer, I will place my paper hat on my concussion and dance.

If you're squeezed for information, that's when you've got to play it dumb: You just say you're out there waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.

In sleep each one is an only child. They turned, shifted position, pulling on one leg, stretched an elbow, they turned back, changed position again, a series of giant crabs, each on his own white sandy beach.

It?s also very difficult to untangle influences because you represent the sum of everything you?ve seen or heard or experienced. The kind of language that I?d like to have been influenced by the Bible and Cervantes, by the old masters. The kind of sensibility I?ve been influenced [by], of course, [is] a great deal by the French writers ? Camus, Sartre ? the Irish poets ? Yeats ? the English poets. And, of course, we had our own little group of poets in Montreal years back, all very fine, one man especially standing out ? I think one of the finest writers in the language ? Irving Leighton. I don?t think he?s known [outside Canada] at all.

I've forgotten most of what I've read and, frankly, it never seemed very important to me or to the world.

Love is not a victory march. It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

My interest in this pack of failures betrays my character.

One eye filled with blueprints, one eye filled with night.

Raise a million filters and the rain will not be clean, until the longing for it be refined in deep confession. And still we hear, If only this nation had a soul, or, Let us change the way we trade, or, Let us be proud of our region.

So the great affair is over but whoever would have guessed it would leave us all so vacant and so deeply unimpressed. It's like our visit to the moon or to that other star.

The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...

The most precious secret has been leaked: There is no Opposition!

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