Leonard Cohen on the Importance of One’s Work: “Everything else is kind of shipwrecked, bankrupt”

This is one’s work. Everything else is kind of shipwrecked, bankrupt. So all you have left is your work – and that’s what you’re doing most of the time. That’s the only area which you can somehow govern or clarify. All other things remain somewhat mysterious and messy.quotedown2

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From marketing material for Tower Of Song tribute album (1995). Originally posted October 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his “depression so bleak and anguished”

My depression, so bleak and anguished, was just crucial, and I couldn’t shake it; it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was. I was ashamed of it, because it would be there even when things were good, and I would be saying to myself, ‘Really, what have you got to complain about?’ But for people who suffer from acute clinical depression, it is quite irrelevant what the circumstances of your life are.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott, Saturday Night, Canada. September 15, 2001

A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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Leonard Cohen explains how he maintained his purity when other folk singers “went for the money”

In the late ’60s you were in a community of folk singers who played together, sang each other’s songs – And everybody went for the money. Everybody. The thing died very, very quickly; the merchants took over. Nobody resisted. My purity is based on the fact that nobody offered me much money.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Originally posted August 10, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric