“I have a real appetite to hear work from people my age. I mean, it’s wonderful to hear from a guy talking about his first love – especially if it’s Rimbaud.” Leonard Cohen

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I have a real appetite to hear work from people my age. I mean, it’s wonderful to hear from a guy talking about his first love – especially if it’s Rimbaud. If it isn’t Rimbaud, it’s not so interesting as you get older.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993. Photo: Arthur Rimbaud by Étienne Carjat (1872). Originally posted Jan 5, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Achieving Emotional Buoyancy (Albeit Transiently)

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Now that I’m in advanced middle-age* I’ve discovered a certain buoyancy. Life weighs heavily upon one’s shoulders, but then you find that, with a certain kind of shrug, it will just lift off for a moment or two.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

*At the time of this interview, Leonard Cohen was 58 years old

Growing Old Passionately by Alan Jackson (Observer, November 22, 1992). Photo by Dominique Issermann: Library and Archives Canada. Originally posted August 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Relationships #10: Advice On Relationships Later In Life

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Believe me, what you want [from a relationship later in life] is someone to have dinner with,  sleep with from time to time, telephone every day or write. It’s what you set up that is defeating. Make it very modest. And give yourself permission to make a few mistakes. You know, blow it a bit. Have a few drinks and fall into bed with somebody. It doesn’t have to be the final thing.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Life Of A Ladies’ Man by Sarah Hampson. Globe and Mail: May 25, 2007.

More Leonard Cohen quotations about relationships can be found at  Leonard Cohen on Relationships

“I would love to hear me [singing] at 82” Leonard Cohen

qtvIn the March 2009 QTV interview, the interviewer recalls Leonard Cohen’s story about going to see 82 year old Alberta Hunter singing love songs in New York (c 1978). Cohen responds with praise for Hunter and then observes

I would love to hear me at 82

Mr Cohen will turn 82 on Sept 21, 2016.

Leonard Cohen on QTV
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The interviewer’s reference is to the following excerpt from Look Who’s Back at 67: Gentle Leonard Cohen by Frank DiGiacomo. New York Observer: Oct 15, 2001.

When Alberta Hunter was singing in this town many years ago-she was 82-I came to New York just to listen to her. When she said ‘God bless you’ at the end of the set, you really felt that you had been blessed. It’s wonderful to hear a 20-year-old speaking about love or the loss of it or the finding of it. As the Talmud says, there’s good wine in every generation. But I love to hear an old singer lay it out. And I’d like to be one of them.

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Annie from Scotland, who pointed out the Alberta Hunter reference.

“I’ve found that as you become older you become crazier and more careful at the same time…” Leonard Cohen

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I’ve found that as you become older you become crazier and more careful at the same time. It’s like the base of a pyramid widening. Your range becomes very, very wide.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen by Kristine McKenna (Another Room Magazine: Spring 1985). Originally posted July 27, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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I’m getting old. My nails are crumbling under the assault of the guitar strings. My throat is going. How many years more do I have of this?quotedown2

Leonard Cohen at age 40

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From Rolling Stone: Leonard Cohen by Larry Sloman, The Sunday Citizen: May 25, 1975.