“When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from” Leonard Cohen On The Courage Of His Son, Adam

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

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My son had a very serious car smash and I spent four months beside him in the hospital. That upset the process. A child being hurt like that is the parent’s nightmare. It calls on resources you never knew you had. He was badly hurt and when he perceived how badly hurt he was it represented a real assault on his morale. You’re ready to deal with your own disasters but not someone else’s. When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” by Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993)

Credit Due Department: Photo from Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page. Originally posted November 18, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On “What We All Most Passionately Desire”

1997
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Not having a self is what we all most passionately desire. We desire it in love, we desire it in food, we desire it visually in sunsets. We want to give ourselves to experience and when you give yourself to an experience you have no self, and that’s why it feels good.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Discusses Spirituality (in no certain terms): CBC-Television 1997. Originally posted July 15, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen “There has always been a religious side to my work. Most of my songs have confused God and woman.”

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There has always been a religious side to my work. Most of my songs have confused God and woman. In Dance Me To The End Of Love, I’m not trying to make it literal; I’m trying to make it sing.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). Note: Originally posted Sep 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The Complexity Of Relationships

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There’s one [saying] I like very much…It goes like this: ‘Why do you hate me? I never helped you.’ I like that saying because it evokes the complexity of a relationship, a friendship. Whether it’s accurate or not is really not important. It evokes the complexity that is the background of any relationship.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Monogamous Marriage And Commitment – “A Great Idea”

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If you’re in the midst of a relationship, you should honour the terms of the relationship. I’ve always believed that. I’ve never been able to follow it, but I’ve always believed it… Monogamous marriage and commitment, all those ferocious ideas, are the very highest expression of a male possibility. [pauses a beat] I’m not good enough for that. It’s a great idea, though.quotedown2

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Note: At the time of this interview, Leonard Cohen and Rebecca De Mornay were in the fifth year of their relationship. By late 1994, when Cohen began his five year stay at the Mount Baldy Zen Center, he and De Mornay had formally ended their engagement. The author of the interview notes that “Cohen is being strangely noncommittal about their relationship” and when asked if the relationship has ended, answers “Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I certainly wouldn’t say that to you.”

From “An Interview with Leonard Cohen”  by Richard Guilliatt. The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993. Note: Originally posted May 2, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric