“I have no idea of what I can afford and what I can’t afford. Nobody seems to be able to tell me.” Leonard Cohen On Money Management (1974)


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I have no idea of what I can afford and what I can’t afford. Nobody seems to be able to tell me. Apparently, until you actually liquidate your estate, you can never be sure of how much money you have or don’t have. My manager always cautions on the side of frugality. Before I made any money I lived in a beautiful white house in Greece, with a charming companion. I had a suntan all the time, I swam every day, I had credit at the stores, the place was uncrowded, life was ideal. Now, at best, I stay in one and a half rooms at the Chelsea and air-conditioned hotels in other cities, and things seem to have gone down. It’s like it used to be.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974.

Credit Due Department: This outstanding interview was discovered and contributed by Jugurtha Harchaoui.

“I have great respect for organized religion. I have great respect for anything that’s organized. I think we live on the edge of anarchy, so whatever forms operate & nourish its constituents deserve respect.” Leonard Cohen On Religion


Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993.

“Seriousness is nether light or dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is.” Leonard Cohen

You said that rather than having a dark cast of mind you were merely realistic. Do you think reality is dark?

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I think it participates in all the shades. But I think people have an appetite for seriousness. And seriousness is nether light or dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is. I think there are certain occasions when cynicism is appropriate. One should be cautious.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From July 13, 1988 radio interview: Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW. Found in Stolen Moments: Leonard Cohen by Tom Schnabel. Acrobat Books, 1988.

Leonard Cohen On Best Music For Sex

Interviewer: “What do you think is the best music to fuck to?”

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In the old days people used to say that my stuff was very good for that. I prefer Chopin ‘Nocturnes’ myself.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993. Originally posted Jan 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I need to write a lot to avoid the opinion, the belief or the slogan, and to come up with the freshness that determines the living quality of a piece of work.” Leonard Cohen

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My own opinions are predictable; I can dredge them up in a conversation over a drink to keep the talk flowing. And I feel the same way about beliefs: My beliefs are predictable, and I find them kind of tiresome. So I need to write a lot to avoid the opinion, the belief or the slogan, and to come up with the freshness that determines the living quality of a piece of work.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Accessed 09 June 2014 at Ten New Songs. Originally posted Jun 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Music was always the thing closest to me, and I saw poetry as part of that.” Leonard Cohen On His Early Influences

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Music was always the thing closest to me, and I saw poetry as part of that. My early poetry was very much influenced by Scottish Border ballads, the Spanish flamenco songs, the Portuguese fado.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by Pete PurnellOriginally posted June 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric