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

You go to Heaven once you've been to Hell.

You win a while, and then it?s done - Your little winning streak.

The silver knives are flashing in that tired old cafe.

There's a blaze of light in every word. It does not matter Which you heard. The holy or the broken hallelujah.

This was your heart, this swarm of flies. This was once your mouth, this bowl of lies. You serve them well, I?m not surprised. You?re of their kin, you?re of their kind.

We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear.

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?

When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you. . . It?s like taking a drink of cold water when you are thirsty. Every taste-bud on your tongue, every molecule in your body says thank you.

You go your way, I'll go your way too.

You, who must leave everything that you cannot control it begins with your family, but soon it comes round to your soul well, I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned when you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you?ve sinned.

The sweetest little song: You go your way I'll go your way too!

There's a deep tribal aspect to my own nature. So when I'm in contact with those deep resources, of course I feel a very special kind of nourishment.

Though I love your company, your instructions are wasted her. I will always choose the woman who caries me off, I will always sit with the family of loneliness.

We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky.

We've got to learn to love appearances.

When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

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. It is like if you ever taught kids how to swim. The most difficult thing is Goddam to understand that they will float, if they relax, if they hold their breath and relax, they will actually float. For most kids it is difficult to swim. They feel they are going to sink like a stone to the bottom of the lake.

Your body will never be familiar.

?If It Be Your Will? is really a prayer. And ?Hallelujah? has that feeling. A lot of them do. ?Dance Me to the End of Love.? ?Suzanne.? I love church music and synagogue music. Mosque music.

After a while ', Tamara fell asleep. It was to avoid this that he had spoken. Her sleep seemed a desertion. It always happened when he felt more awake. He was ready to make statements immortal.

And most people have a woman in their heart, most men have a woman in their heart and most women have a man in their heart.

Be with me in the phases of my work because my brain feels like it has been whipped and i yearn to make a small perfect thing which will live in your morning like curious static through a president's elegy or a nude hunchback acquiring a tan on the crowded oily beach.

Democracy is coming to the USA. It?s coming through a crack in the wall.

Every man speaks the language of his father.

Friend, when you speak this carefully I know it is because you don't know what to say.

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