“The most important thing I can say to you really is that you don’t learn by talking.” Leonard Cohen 1972

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The most important thing I can say to you really is that you don’t learn by talking. Those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know. There’s some truth to that you know. You don’t find any of the great enlightened masters sitting around rapping. You just don’t learn that way.quotedown2

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From Famous last words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman (Macleans: June 10, 1972)

“The real truth about my visions is that I don’t have any special secret.” Leonard Cohen

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[Interviewer:] I wondered if he [Leonard Cohen] was feeling as healthy as he seemed.

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I’m just reeling, man. I’m just reeling. Sometimes in the midst of the thing I don’t know how I do it, you know. Like I manage to get my daily life together to get this tour together. But most of the time I’m staggering under the blows. It’s no doubt that I contrive these blows for myself. I think everyone is responsible for their own condition. But I don’t intend to stay here, you know; I’ve run through a lot of programs to get myself out of here and this is one that I’m ending because it didn’t work. And it’s not a question of putting myself down. It’s a question of being as accurate as possible. You know, that’s why I wouldn’t like to intrude on anybody’s life by trying to advise them. I mean the real truth about my visions is that I don’t have any special secret. I said it in a song. ‘Please understand I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter.’quotedown2

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Note: The line referenced by Leonard Cohen is, of course, from The Stranger Song

From Famous last words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman (Macleans: June 10, 1972)

“[First We Take Manhattan] appeals to a certain constituency that is alarmed and at the same time fascinated by the general vulgarities of things” Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Most of us cherish some sort of dream of surrender” — Leonard Cohen, on being asked if “you’ve lamented the power that women have had over you.”

Are there times when you’ve lamented the power that women have had over you?

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I never looked at it that way. There’s times when I’ve lamented, there’s times when I’ve rejoiced, there’s times when I’ve been deeply indifferent. You run through the whole gamut of experience. And most people have a woman in their heart, most men have a woman in their heart and most women have a man in their heart. There are people that don’t. But most of us cherish some sort of dream of surrender. But these are dreams and sometimes they’re defeated and sometimes they’re manifested.
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‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia’ by Jian Ghomeshi (The Guardian: 9 July 2009). Originally posted Oct 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Formula For Choosing Car Radio Stations

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Driving over 60, I like to listen to country-western or pop music. Between 40 & 60, I like classical music. Then, in city traffic, like under 30, I like to listen to talk shows.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Press Conference, Reykjavik, 1988. Originally posted Oct 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric