“[A woman in a romantic relationship] is possessed. She is driven. When she makes that contact with that kind of energy, no man can ever turn away.” Leonard Cohen 1966

Interviewer: “Don’t men choose women?”

Leonard Cohen: “Any man who feels he’s made a choice of women is gravely mistaken. The man has nothing to do with it whatsoever.”

Interviewer: “The woman makes the choice?”

Leonard Cohen: “No. She is possessed. She is driven. When she makes that contact with that kind of energy, no man can ever turn away.”

From Is the World (or Anybody) Ready for Leonard Cohen? by Jon Ruddy. Maclean’s: October 1, 1966. Originally posted July 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Teachers] is not about homosexuality as such, but yes it is about the spirit, and whether it moves toward the sun or the moon.” Leonard Cohen

Interviewer: “Several girls embraced me/Then I was embraced by men” – a line from one of his earliest songs, ‘Teachers’. Was the gay dimension part of the pattern of his exploring all points between the masculine and feminine poles?

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I don’t want to make a commentary on that or other songs. I never do. It says what it says. It’s not about homosexuality as such, but yes it is about the spirit, and whether it moves toward the sun or the moon.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Cohen On Rebecca De Mornay – After Their Breakup

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People think of her as this beautiful bosomy blonde, but she’s a very brilliant woman. She’s a good songwriter and an excellent singer.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From A Purple Haze To A Purple Patch by Adam Sweeting (The Canberra Times: July 24, 1994)

“I was able to turn to art, and in the making of art find solace and strength” Leonard Cohen

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It isn’t that in my life I had some inner vision that I’ve been trying to present. I just had the appetite to work. I think the appetite for activity was much more urgent than the realization of any search or vision. I felt that this was my work, and that it was the only work I could do. This sounds like the most hackneyed nineteenth-century platitude, but in the midst of my own tiny personal troubles, I was able to turn to art, or whatever you want to call it. I was able to turn to art, and in the making of art find solace and strength. I mean, this sounds terrible, but I turned to the thing I knew how to do and I made some songs out of it. And in the making of those songs, much of the pain in my life was dissolved, from time to time. And that is one of the things that I see that art does, is that it heals.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Mikal Gilmore, 2001. Accessed at Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore (Free Press: 2008)

Leonard Cohen Quotes Kabbalah To Explain Misgivings About Performance To Audience At 1972 Jerusalem Concert

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Unless Adam and Eve face each other, God does not sit on his throne. Somehow, the male and female parts of me refuse to encounter one another tonight, and God does not sit on his throne. This is a terrible thing to happen in Jerusalem.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Note: Originally posted Apr 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric