“I have come to the conclusion, somewhat reluctantly, that I am going to die one of these days… I don’t really understand the process of reincarnation. But if there is such a thing I would like to come back as my daughter’s dog.” Leonard Cohen 2012

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 Well, for me to be a ladies’ man at this point involves a great deal of humor. I have come to the conclusion, somewhat reluctantly, that I am going to die one of these days. It gives you pause. I hope to do it without being too morbid. I like to talk about death, but in tempo. I don’t really understand that process of reincarnation. But if there is such a thing I would like to come back as my daughter’s dog.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From the Jan 16, 2012 Paris press preview for Old Ideas. Photo by Andi Gombasi

“I’m getting old. My nails are crumbling under the assault of the guitar strings. My throat is going. How many years more do I have of this?” Leonard Cohen at age 40

From Rolling Stone: Leonard Cohen by Larry Sloman, The Sunday Citizen: May 25, 1975. Photo taken and copyrighted by Sam Gray with all rights reserved.

“Aging is the most interesting thing in life. We take a step back, it offers a new perspective” Leonard Cohen


From Dans les loges avec Leonard Cohen à Strasbourg en 1985 (Le Républicain Lorrain: 18/11/2016). Originally published in Républicain on Feb 17, 1985). By Jean-Paul Germonville. Via Google Translate.

“And that’s what I’m doing. Preparing to die.” Leonard Cohen (2008)

 

He was discussing a book he’d read on Auschwitz. Some scholars, he explained, wondered why the Jews didn’t rush forward and try to overpower the handful of machine gunners about to shoot them when they were being led to mass graves. According to the book he was reading, the answer was:

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It’s because that’s not what they wanted to do. They wanted to reflect on their life and prepare to die. And that’s what I’m doing. Preparing to die.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

On The Loss Of A Great Artist & Inspiration… by Neil Strauss (NeilStrauss.com: November 11, 2016). The quotation is from a 2008 interview. Photo by Maarten Massa.

“I think perhaps you learn with age, the aging process is very important…” Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked If He Is A Teacher

Are you a teacher?

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If I am a teacher I don’t think that my teachings should go into effect until I myself have reached a kind of plane where my experience would be nourishing. If people follow, if people somehow turn on to my work, and turn on to it in the way of education and think that that’s the end, then they’re wrong. I think perhaps you learn with age, the aging process is very important, I think sometimes I might be a teacher.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969.

“I’ve found that as you become older you become crazier and more careful at the same time…” Leonard Cohen

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I’ve found that as you become older you become crazier and more careful at the same time. It’s like the base of a pyramid widening. Your range becomes very, very wide.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

DrHGuy Note: Mr Cohen was 50 years old when he made this observation.

From Leonard Cohen by Kristine McKenna (Another Room Magazine: Spring 1985). Originally posted July 27, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric