“To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion but nothing more” Leonard Cohen

Somehow things are given and they are given powerfully. You’re stuck with them. Your own nature is one of those things. You don’t wake up in the morning and choose the sort of guy you’re gonna be. Maybe you can in a really superficial way. Like in Rhinehart’s Dice Man. I loved that book very much, as a wonderful escapist idea. I think you’re kind of stuck with who you are and that’s what you’re dealing with. That’s the hand that you’ve been dealt. To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion…but nothing more.”quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

Leonard Cohen Reading List

The book referenced by Leonard Cohen, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart, is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.


  • Title: The Dice Man
  • Author: George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0688014577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688014575

Note: Originally posted Jan 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Quotations Illustrated: “The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.”


An Online Stocking Stuffer & Visual Metaphor From DrHGuy

Once  upon a time, before Cohencentric’s predecessors, DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com, became the ne plus ultra of  Leonard Cohen sites, they held other attractions, including special Christmas features. It turns out that one of those offerings, something I like to call the Capricious Snowglobe God Snowglobe, is not only a dandy toy but also a rather impressive illustration of the increasingly popular Leonard Cohen quotation

The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.

My favorite online snowglobe empowers viewers to grab the snowglobe with the cursor, give it a shake, and watch the people inside tumble around shouting “avalanche,” “earthquake,” and general indicators of panic. Then, they return to their routine affairs – the people getting into fights, the snowman eating the snowman maker, fist fights, ski jumping, and an old man yelling out the windows.  If you wait long enough the old man will sleep walk into the glass.

The graphic atop this post is only an animated demo that shows what happens when you shake the snow globe with your mouse. The real fun is doing it yourself at  Interactive Snow Globe.

Credit Due Department: Years ago, I found this fascinating toy at and lifted part of the description of it from The Coolest Christmas Snowglobe Flash Animation. Leonard’s quotation is from On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual by Larry Rohter (New York Times: February 24, 2009)

“Thy Will Be Done” – Leonard Cohen On Suffering & Grief #9

The evidence accumulates that ours is not an entirely happy undertaking. The amount of suffering that one sees and hears about is shattering. But the only comfort in the matter is Thy Will Be Done. To whatever degree you want to establish that as a principle in your life: The notion that it’s unfolding according to a mechanism that you can’t possibly penetrate. Acceptance. Or surrender.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Accessed 09 June 2014 at Ten New Songs

Video: Leonard Cohen On Free Will #10 – Quoting From The Bhagavad Gita


You will never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment. Embrace your fate.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen, quoting from Bhagavad Gita

From Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, the 2005 documentary

There is a beautiful moment in the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna. The general. The great general. He’s standing in his chariot. And all the chariots are readied for war. And across the valley, he sees his opponents. And there he sees not just uncles and aunts and cousins, he sees gurus, he sees teachers that have taught him; and you know how the Indians revere that relationship. He sees them. And Krishna, one of the expressions of the deity, says to him, ‘You’ll never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment. You’re a warrior. Arise now, mighty warrior. With the full understanding, that they’ve already been killed, and so have you. This is just a play. This is my will. You’re caught up in the circumstances that I determine for you. That you did not determine for yourself. So, arise, you’re a noble warrior. Embrace your destiny, your fate, and stand up and do your duty.’

Note: Originally posted June 26, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Free Will #9

A Thousand Kisses Deep is that fundamental intuitive understanding, usually wordless, which is beyond opinion and belief. It is the unspoken conviction that things are unfolding according to a pattern that the intellect or the emotions cannot discern. This conviction is accompanied by a loosening of the unconditional affirmation that an individual entity exists and that it determines its own fate.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Oct 16, 2001 Online Chat

Note: Originally posted Aug 23, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Joan of Arc] had to meet and be embraced by her destiny” Leonard Cohen On Free Will #8

I was thinking more of this sense of a destiny that human beings have and how they meet and marry their destiny…I don’t want to suggest in that song [Joan of Arc] that what she really wanted to be was a housewife. What I mean to say is that as lonely and as solitudinous as she was she had to meet and be embraced by her destiny…seen from the point of view of the woman’s movement she really does stand for something stunningly original and courageous.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Accessed 10 June 2015 at LeonardCohenFiles