“I am always surprised…that people are really as good to one another as they are” Leonard Cohen


I’m not astounded at the various forms of aberrated behaviour that are reported or seen. I’m surprised there isn’t more considering what people are up against today. As I see it, just walking the streets of the various cities I visit, I’m surprised that people are so kind and so compassionate and still so considerate, considering the kinds of conditions that we’re living in today. I mean they aren’t that bad, I guess. When I pull up at a stop sign in the middle of the winter or a bus stop and there are 20 people waiting out there in the cold to get their bus at 5 or 6 in the morning, I’m surprised that the social fabric is still holding, that they don’t pull me out of my car. I’m surprised that the thing holds together. I think there is a tremendous amount of goodwill in the United States. I am always surprised as I say, that the thing holds together, that people are really as good to one another as they are. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988. Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted March 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric