Leonard Cohen On Aging: “A Very Interesting Process”

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Getting older, of course, is the only game in town. It is really a very interesting process. My friend [Irving] Layton called it ‘the inescapable lousiness of growing old,’ but I don’t know if I subscribe to this. I think it takes about 65 years to find your way around the block. quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen on The Book Of Longing – May 2006 CBC Interview with Shelagh Rogers

Leonard Cohen: “One of the things about getting older is that you stop whining …”

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One of the things about getting older is that you stop whining. One of the reasons you stop whining is because your experience conveys to you that your trouble is tiny compared to lots of trouble around. Once you feel that clearly, that your trouble is tiny and that there are people at this moment really being tortured, really being strapped to chairs, really having electrodes pasted on their bodies, that there are situations which are truly hellish that thousands, maybe millions of people are in at this moment, then even though you do not wish to deny the truth of your own feelings, once you put your own feelings in perspective, then there is an invitation never again to whine about your own situation.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988. Originally posted June 26, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“As you grow older, you forgive your rivals, your children and everyone else. The closer you get to the end of the race, the more generous you are with the other runners.” Leonard Cohen

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When men are young, they don’t forgive. The world is very competitive. As you grow older, you forgive your rivals, your children and everyone else. The closer you get to the end of the race, the more generous you are with the other runners.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, quoted in Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Credit Due Department: Photo by Anjani Thomas. Originally posted January 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Leonard Cohen Recite 6 Poems & Talk About The Book of Longing, Roshi, Irving Layton, Aging ….

booklonginxgIn May 2006, Shelagh Rogers interviewed Leonard Cohen about his just published collection of poetry, Book Of Longing. In addition to touching on a number of topics, including his stay at the Mt Baldy Zen monastery, Leonard reads the following poems:

  • Layton’s Question
  • Fun
  • Only One Thing Made Him Happy
  • Disturbed This Morning
  • Fun
  • Titles

Leonard Cohen on The Book Of Longing
CBC Interview with Shelagh Rogers: May 2006

Leonard Cohen On His Relationship To The Seven Deadly Sins In 1994 & 2016

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1994: Pick Five Words That Describe Yourself1

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2016: Through the years, in both your music and your life, have you learned to get rid of the unnecessary, the vanity?2

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They seem to have gotten rid of me. No virtue on my part. Several of the seven deadly sins seem to have lost interest in this immobilized person.quotedown2

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  1. “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” Q Magazine: September 1994 []
  2. Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski. Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016 [from interview transcript] []

Leonard Cohen Advises Terence Trent D’Arby On Aging, Women, Sex, & Wagging

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I had dinner with [Leonard Cohen] and we hit it off well. He’s beautiful. The way he attracts women, man, is just incredible. There’s a very priest-like vibe about him. I said to him, As I get older I find regarding women and sex that the dog is wagging the tail now rather then the tail wagging the dog like it used to. That I now have some control over these things and it makes the situation all the more enjoyable when it happens. He said, ‘Enjoy it, my friend, because when you get to my age you can’t choose any more, just as long as something wags.’quotedown2

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From Terence Trent D’Arby Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q Magazine, June 1993.

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric