“You live your life as if it’s real … but with the intuitive understanding that it’s unfolding as it should and you are not running the show.” Leonard Cohen

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You may believe you have some control over [your] decisions, but certainly not the consequences. But you live your life as if it’s real … as if you’re directing it, but with the intuitive understanding that it’s unfolding as it should and you are not running the show.quotedown2

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From Look Who’s Back at 67: Gentle Leonard Cohen by Frank DiGiacomo. New York Observer: Oct 15, 2001. Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is a Sony publicity photo for Ten New Songs taken by Laszlo.Originally posted May 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The Connection Between God & Sex

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The song [‘Blueberry Hill’] doesn’t invite you to examine your achievements in the realm of piety or religiosity or even love, but the song itself is embracing all those elements! Like in Beautiful Losers, there’s certain moments when the lyricism and the spontaneity and the boldness allow the expression to be without self-regard, without self-consciousness, and once that happens, once that moment happens, then the embrace is absolute: Everything is embraced, nothing is left out! It’s when you leave things out that you get on the one side pious, on the other side the vulgar or pornographic. If God is left out of sex, it becomes pornographic; if sex is left out of God, it becomes pious and self-righteous. quotedown2

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From Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Originally posted July 25, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There are moments when I am the instrument for certain kinds of information.” Leonard Cohen

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I have my feelings about how to move myself into areas which are not completely bordered with pain. And I’ve tried to lay out my chart as carefully as I can. I have come through something. I don’t want to boast about it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Look…you know, the songs are inspired. I don’t pretend to be a guide. I do pretend to be an instrument for certain kinds of information at certain moments. Not all moments, and it has nothing to do with me as a guy. I may be a perfect scoundrel… As a matter of fact, I am…just like the guy on the scene. But there are moments when I am the instrument for certain kinds of information.quotedown2

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From Ladies & Gents, by Jack Hafferkamp. Leonard Cohen Rolling Stone, February 4, 1971. Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174. Originally posted July 6, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Childhood: “It was a very wise kind of upbringing, it didn’t invite self-indulgence…You learned good manners, you know, which is better than discipline.”

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[In] the epoch, the era, the time that I grew up, psychological profiles were not fashionable. You just followed orders, more or less, and whatever you could do on the sly you did. But it was a pretty disciplined kind of existence when I was a kid. There wasn’t the kind of youth rebellion that we see today, and authority and parental control were very strong, and nobody cared what your inner condition was as long as your shoes were underneath your bed in the right way… . No, we weren’t close to our parents, we didn’t really discuss our inner condition with our parents. It was a very wise kind of upbringing, it didn’t invite self-indulgence. … You learned good manners, you know, which is better than discipline.quotedown2

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From 2001 interview with Stina Lundberg. Originally posted June 18, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The Twist is the greatest ritual since circumcision…” Leonard Cohen

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The Twist is the greatest ritual since circumcision – and there [the All-Nighter club in London] you can choose between the genius of two cultures. Myself I prefer the Twist.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, writing to his sister Esther from London in 1960. Quoted in I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Photo courtesy of Leonard Cohen. Originally posted October 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric