“More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.” Leonard Cohen

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I know there’s a spiritual aspect to everybody’s life, whether they want to cop to it or not. It’s there, you can feel it in people—there’s some recognition that there is a reality that they cannot penetrate but which influences their mood and activity. So that’s operating. That activity at certain points of your day or night insists on a certain kind of response. Sometimes it’s just like: ‘You are losing too much weight, Leonard. You’re dying, but you don’t have to cooperate enthusiastically with the process.’ Force yourself to have a sandwich. What I mean to say is that you hear the Bat Kol. [The divine voice] You hear this other deep reality singing to you all the time, and much of the time you can’t decipher it. Even when I was healthy, I was sensitive to the process. At this stage of the game, I hear it saying, ‘Leonard, just get on with the things you have to do.’ It’s very compassionate at this stage. More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

“You realize that whoever you are, Goethe or Edgar Guest, you’re just really a guy hauling his guitar around.” Leonard Cohen

jgreenQuote from Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by Judy Green
 
Note: Originally posted February 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There’s no story so fantastic that I cannot imagine myself the hero. And there’s no story so evil that I cannot imagine myself the villain.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen on CBC-TV, quoted in Leonard Cohen Talks by Billy Walker. Rock: January 3, 1972.

Note: Originally posted February 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My discovery towards the end of my stay as a monk was that I had no religious skills. And after that came a deep relaxation and something that reminded [me] of peace.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen Gave Me 200 Franc” by Martin Oestergaard (Euroman, Denmark September 2001).

Note: Originally posted Feb 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric