It’s like sleeping on the wind. You have these feelings [of passion] but you don’t reject them. You just lean on them, you just burn in them, to sit comfortably in the bonfire of desire. You do not try to prevent yourself from being burned to a crisp. That’s how you can sit comfortably in the fire. If you put up the slightest resistance, if you try to put any burn ointment on, you’ll suffer horribly. I like to give myself to it.
From At Lunch With Leonard Cohen; Philosophical Songwriter On A Wire by Jon Pareles. New York Times: October 11, 1995. Originally posted Oct 20, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric