I was very hung upon … sexual truth in those days … I felt like if any two people had any kind of sexual affinity for each other they had to sleep with each other immediately, otherwise it was a terrible betrayal and waste … I spent a lot of time trying to decipher what the feelings I had for someone were … and whether I had to sleep with them or not … Fortunately, I’m relieved of those obsessions now. It’s really wonderful. It’s really wonderful not feeling you have to sleep with everybody.
August 13, 1969 Leonard Cohen interview, published in The Sixties by Richard Avedon and Doon Arbus (Random House; 1st edition: November 2, 1999)
Note: Originally posted Apr 16, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric