Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

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.

?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.

He never described himself as a poet or his work as poetry. The fact that the lines do not come to the edge of the page is no guarantee. Poetry is a verdict, not an occupation. He hated to argue about the techniques of verse. The poem is a dirty, bloody, burning thing that has to be grabbed first with bare hands. Once the fire celebrated Light, the dirt Humility, the blood Sacrifice. Now the poets are professional fire-eaters, freelancing at any carnival. The fire goes down easily and honors no one in particular.

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

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