“Excellence Is The Only Standard …” Leonard Cohen

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I think that excellence is the only standard [for artists]. There’s all kinds of other matters like making a living & freedom from having to satisfy whatever regulations pertain to the artistic circle, which are often very tyrannical. I never felt my work needed any label or refuge.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Working for the World to Come. The interview (probably from 1982) was published in the book In Their Own Words: Interviews with fourteen Canadian writers, by Bruce Mayer and Brian O’Riordan, 1984. Found at LeonardCohenfiles. Originally posted Dec 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Gives Up Asking “What Do Women Want?” & Decides “To Utterly And Absolutely Surrender”

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You know,  for a long time men have been asking the question, ‘What do women want?’ I asked it a couple of times myself, but I finally gave up asking this question. And I have decided to utterly and absolutely surrender. I am ready to do anything for a woman’s favor. I am ready to surrender totally and absolutely. I put it on the line right now! I give up!quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s introduction to “I’m Your Man” at the April 28, 1988 concert at Jaahalli Helsinki, Finland; Originally posted October 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.” Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson performing in 1980 (Amsterdam)

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What we used to call the artist is becoming obsolete, and for some people I symbolize that. They feel my loyalty has not been compromised. I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.quotedown2

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From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980. Photo by Pete Purnell. (see Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell). Originally posted Dec 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“We do everything for love.” Leonard Cohen

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Yeats’s father said poetry is the social act of a solitary man – we all find ways of bridging that isolation. For writers it is words, but for the cabinet-maker it is the presentation of the finished bureau. I don’t think the act of writing is especially significant. I think a man or woman lays their work at the foot of their beloved. We do everything for love.quotedown2

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From A Life In The Day Of Leonard Cohen Interview By Nigel Williamson. The Sunday Times Magazine (London), 1997 (no longer online). Originally posted Dec 22, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The working, the practical aspects of poetry occur in a secret room behind a veil. It’s the real furnace of language.” Leonard Cohen

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In my opinion, it’s very good that songs in general take much energy, while poetry stands there, pure poetry. It’s a very good thing that poetry is not popular. It’s marvelous to renew language with secret work, not popular work. It’s very important to keep that difference between songs and poetry. Songs are wonderful, there is poetry in them. Poetry contains the song’s spirit. But the working, the practical aspects of poetry occur in a secret room behind a veil. It’s the real furnace of language.quotedown2

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From Le Cercle de Minuit – Michel Field, Interviewer. Broadcast by France 2: December 1992. Originally posted Apr 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Suzanne “It was never about a particular woman…it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal”

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It was never about a particular woman. For me it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal, and my life wandering alone in those parts of Montreal that are now very beautifully done up and in those days, it was the waterfront. I used to wander around down there and I used to go to that church a lot.quotedown2

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Cohen Wore Earplugs to a Dylan Show? by Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s: June 12, 2008. Photo of Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, better known as the Church where “the sun pours down like honey, On our lady of the harbour.”  See Our Lady Of The Harbour – The Montreal Church Embedded In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne