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

Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I've practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity.

When passion dies friendship hovers round our flesh like flies.

You came to me this morning and you handled me like meat. You?d have to be a man to know how good that feels, how sweet.

You were Marlon Brando, I was Steve McQueen, you were K.Y. Jelly, I was Vaseline.

There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't.

This is not a Quote it's a poem. A Thousand Kisses Deep: The ponies run, the girls are young, The odds are there to beat. You win a while, and then it?s done ? Your little winning streak. And summoned now to deal with your invincible defeat, You live your life as if it?s real, A Thousand Kisses Deep. I?m turning tricks, I?m getting fixed, I?m back on Boogie Street. You lose your grip, and then you slip Into the Masterpiece. And maybe I had miles to drive, And promises to keep: You ditch it all to stay alive, A Thousand Kisses Deep. And sometimes when the night is slow, The wretched and the meek, We gather up our hearts and go, A Thousand Kisses Deep. Confined to sex, we pressed against the limits of the sea: I saw there were no oceans left For scavengers like me. I made it to the forward deck. I blessed our remnant fleet ? And then consented to be wrecked, A Thousand Kisses Deep. I?m turning tricks, I?m getting fixed, I?m back on Boogie Street. I guess they won?t exchange the gifts That you were meant to keep. And quiet is the thought of you, The file on you complete, Except what we forgot to do, A Thousand Kisses Deep. And sometimes when the night is slow, The wretched and the meek, We gather up our hearts and go, A Thousand Kisses Deep. The ponies run, the girls are young, The odds are there to beat.

War is wonderful. They?ll never stamp it out. It?s one of the few times people can act their best. It?s so economical in terms of gesture and motion, every single gesture is precise, every effort is at its maximum. Nobody goofs off. Everybody is responsible for his brother.

Well, I've been waiting, I was sure we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for I think it's time to board another Please understand, I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter

When they lay down beside me I made my confession to them. They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem. If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn, they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

You can keep the body as well-oiled and receptive as possible, but whether you're actually going to be able to go for the long haul is really not your own choice.

You whisper, You have loved enough, Now let me be the Lover.

There is a war between the rich and poor, a war between the man and the woman. There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't.

This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, where we have the sense that we can't live without love. That life has very little meaning without love.

We all are motivated by deep impulses and deep appetites to serve, even though we may not be able to locate that which we are hoping to serve. So this is just a part of my nature and I think everybody else's nature to offer oneself at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate. It's only then that we can locate that willingness to serve.

Well, you know, there's depression and depression. What I mean by depression in my own case is that depression isn't just the blues. It's not just like I have a hangover in the weekend... the girl didn't show up or something like that. It isn't that. It's not really depression; it's a kind of mental violence which stops you from functioning properly from one moment to the next. You lose something somewhere and suddenly you're gripped by a kind of angst of the heart and of the spirit.

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.

You can say that I've grown bitter but of this you can be sure. The rich have get their channels in the bedrooms of the poor. And there's a mighty Judgement coming but I may be wrong.

You who build these altars now to sacrifice these children, you must not do it anymore. A scheme is not a vision and you never have been tempted by a demon or a god.

A song, you know, you've got a tempo. You know, you've got something that is moving swiftly. You can't stop it, you know? And it's designed to move swiftly from, you know, mouth to mouth, heart to heart, where a poem really speaks to something that has no time and that is - it's a completely different perception.

And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty.

As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.

Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique.

Europe has this tradition of self-revelation in popular music. We have it here - it's called Country Western Music... I think that's where the deeper and more complex subjects are treated.

First of all nothing will happen and a little later nothing will happen again.

Hallelujah Your faith was strong but you needed proof. You saw her bathing on the roof. Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you. She tied you to a kitchen chair, she broke your throne, and she cut your hair. And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah.

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