Leonard Cohen on the “will that is behind all things,” “our own will” and “the distance between those two wills”

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We sense that there is a will that is behind all things, and we’re also aware of our own will, and it’s the distance between those two wills that creates the mystery that we call religion. It is the attempt to reconcile our will with another will that we can’t quite put our finger on, but we feel is powerful and existent. It’s the space between those two wills that creates our predicament.quotedown2

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An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Robert Sward &  Pat Keeney Smith. The Malahat Review: No. 77 (1986). Originally posted July 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The real weapons of mass destruction are the hardened hearts of humanity” Leonard Cohen

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hardhrtsFrom Leonard Cohen’s appearance on the March 30, 2007 edition of “Først & sist” (“First & last”), the Norwegian talk show hosted by Fredrik Skavlan. See Video: 2007 Leonard Cohen Interview – Personal Changes, Life As Zen Monk, The Pilfering Of His Money, Al Gore & Anjani

Note: Originally posted Aug 12, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Guilt: “It’s an essential component of the human psyche”

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I think guilt is an excellent indication of the fact that you’re doing something wrong, or that you have done something wrong, it’s an essential component of the human psyche.quotedown2

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Cohen Heads Back to The Future by Spencer Bright. London Daily Mail: December 11, 1992: Originally posted Jan 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“To undertake the defense of a community is a high call, in no sense a betrayal of a personal destiny” Leonard Cohen

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From Leonard Cohen, Personal Interview with Winfried Siemerling. 2 November 1990, North York. Unpublished. Quoted in Interior Landscapes and the Public Realm: Contingent Mediations in a Speech and a Song by Leonard Cohen by Winfried Siemerling. Canadian Poetry: No. 33, Fall/Winter, 1993. Originally posted March 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I am always surprised…that people are really as good to one another as they are” Leonard Cohen

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I’m not astounded at the various forms of aberrated behaviour that are reported or seen. I’m surprised there isn’t more considering what people are up against today. As I see it, just walking the streets of the various cities I visit, I’m surprised that people are so kind and so compassionate and still so considerate, considering the kinds of conditions that we’re living in today. I mean they aren’t that bad, I guess. When I pull up at a stop sign in the middle of the winter or a bus stop and there are 20 people waiting out there in the cold to get their bus at 5 or 6 in the morning, I’m surprised that the social fabric is still holding, that they don’t pull me out of my car. I’m surprised that the thing holds together. I think there is a tremendous amount of goodwill in the United States. I am always surprised as I say, that the thing holds together, that people are really as good to one another as they are. quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988.

Credit Due Department: Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted March 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on the irrelevance of declaring oneself a conservative, a liberal, etc “in the face of the catastrophe that everybody’s really dealing with”

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Everybody’s kind of hanging onto their broken orange crate in the flood, and when you pass someone else, to declare yourself an optimist or a pessimist, or pro-abortion or against abortion, or a conservative or a liberal, these descriptions are obsolete in the face of the catastrophe that everybody’s really dealing with.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen – Later with Jools Holland (1993)

Note: Originally posted January 25, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric