From Is the World (or Anybody) Ready for Leonard Cohen? by Jon Ruddy. Maclean’s: October 1, 1966.
Note: Originally posted Oct 29, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I don’t think anybody in this world has ever seduced a woman … I don’t think I’ve ever seduced anybody in my whole life. … I don’t think it’s that way. I think there’s a mutual agreement. Usually it’s the woman who gives permission. … I think men being the kind of Cocker Spaniel puppy dog hearts that we have … I think men fall in love every second.
From Malena Ivarsson’s April 29, 1988 SVT interview of Leonard Cohen
Note: Originally posted February 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988).
Note: Originally posted May 1, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
We all want to dissolve. We all need that experience of forgetting who we are. I think that’s what love is — you forget who you are. Forgetting who you are is such a delicious experience and so frightening that we’re in this conflicted predicament. You want it but you really can’t support it. So I think that really what our training, what our culture, our religious institutions, our educational and cultural institutions should be about is preparing the heart for that journey outside of the cage of the ribs.
From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995.
Note: Originally posted June 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I never thought that I was very good at it [love], you know. I had a great appetite for the company of women, and for the sexual expression of friendship, of communication. That seemed to be the obvious and simple and complicated version of the attraction between men and women that I came up with. I wasn’t very good at the things that a woman wanted, which I don’t know if many men are [laughter].
Leonard Looks Back On The Past (unedited interview for Norwegian Radio) by Kari Hesthamar, Los Angeles, 2005. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles
Interviewer: Did you feel that love was risky?
Leonard Cohen: It’s dangerous, it’s fatal [laughter].
Interviewer: Risky business?
It’s a risky business. In fact Rebecca De Mornay (ex-fiance) just visited here. I just played her the record, just a couple of hours ago. She liked that song “Crazy To Love You.” “I had to go crazy to love you, I had to go down to the pit, I had to go crazy to love you, I had to let everything fall. I had to be people I hated, I had to be no one at all. Tired of choosing desire, I’ve been saved by a blessed fatigue, the gates of commitment unwired. And nobody trying to leave.”
So that’s the way I describe the moments in a certain process “Thanks for the dance, thanks for all the dances, it’s been hell, it’s been swell, it’s been fun. Thanks for the dance, thanks for all the dances – one, two, three, one, two, three, one. So. You know, whether that will illuminate the moment, that moment that you listen to something and hear something that illuminates you, whether that happens or not, I don’t know – it did for me, with those songs.
From Leonard Looks Back On The Past (unedited interview for Norwegian Radio) by Kari Hesthamar, Los Angeles, 2005. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles
Note: Originally posted Oct 4, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric