“I want to take over the unconditional leadership of the world” Leonard Cohen

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I want to take over the unconditional leadership of the world, I want to lead the world to a new sensibility and there has to be a leader, a figure to do it. Sure, you can write that some little guy sang for the first time at Olympia and now he wants to take over the world. But I really believe the world is falling into step and people are getting together again. We’ll need everybody doing what they do best, not just singers. They’re already starting to do it. The main thing is to let them know they’re not alone.quotedown2

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These often-quoted words by Leonard Cohen first appeared in “Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World” by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine Sept 12, 1970). Originally posted May 25, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen: “If there is going to be change that is not superficial …”

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If there is going to be change that is not superficial, that does not just reflect the dominance of one party or one man, or another man or another party, it’s going to come through self-reform.quotedown2

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From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted October 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

1988 Video Interview: Leonard Cohen On Dominique Issermann, Israel, Terrorism

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Leonard Cohen The Incorrigible Poet Part 1
1988 Interview with journalist Patrick Poivre D’Arvo
French with English subtitles

Leonard Cohen The Incorrigible Poet Part 2
1988 Interview with journalist Patrick Poivre D’Arvo
French with English subtitles

Note: Originally posted Dec 14, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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

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 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

“When it’s every man for himself the identification of race arises. I think those are very dangerous times.” Leonard Cohen on The Future

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Of course I affirm the people that are trying to save the forest and the environment but to me those are symptoms of something else. It’s an alibi to think you’re getting anywhere by doing that sort of thing. The self-righteousness and self-congratulations that go with it seems to suggest that you can’t write a song about the boredom of the rainforest, the boredom of the ozone, the boredom of recycling. Yeah, we’ve got to do all those things but let’s not ignore the fact that something is going down here. It’s like trying to tidy up on the Titanic. I wrote that song soon after the Wall came down – it had to be written. When the centre erodes and people can no longer find a centre they will seize on the most easily available form of identification. The most easily available identification is racial. We see that happening, there’s no way you can sit down and reason in that situation, reasoning depends on some sort of order. When it’s every man for himself the identification of race arises. I think those are very dangerous times. And that is the time we are in.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: Hello! I Must Be Cohen, Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 9 January 1993.