“You can feel even more passionate about things as you get older. As you drop the restraining & inhibiting braces of your thoughts and allow your feelings to become manifest a certain kind of energy is liberated.” Leonard Cohen

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I understood the different kinds of expression appropriate to different ages — lyrical for a young man, meditative for the middle ages, reflective for old age. There’s probably some truth to those designations, but not really. You can feel even more passionate about things as you get older. As you drop the restraining and inhibiting braces of your thoughts and allow your feelings to become manifest a certain kind of energy is liberated.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993).

“You become more foolish and more wise at the same time as you get older, more careful and more careless. It all just deepens—but I don’t think anyone masters the heart. It continues to cook like a shish kebab in everyone’s breast, bubbling and cooking and sizzling.” Leonard Cohen

So, speaking of romantic love, now that he’s 67 years old, is Cohen still in the line of fire of Cupid’s arrow?

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It seems to be somewhat abated at the moment, but I don’t think one ever gets a handle on this matter; I think one is vulnerable at any moment to those emotions. One becomes more circumspect as one gets older about everything—I mean, you become more foolish and more wise at the same time as you get older, more careful and more careless. It all just deepens—but I don’t think anyone masters the heart. It continues to cook like a shish kebab in everyone’s breast, bubbling and cooking and sizzling.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Songs Of Love, Not Hate by Sylvie Simmons. Yahoo! Music: Oct 8, 2001. Originally posted November 26, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Through the years.. have you learned to get rid of the unnecessary, the vanity? Leonard Cohen (2016): “They seem to have gotten rid of me. No virtue on my part. Several of the seven deadly sins seem to have lost interest in this immobilized person.”


From the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen.

“Believe me, what you want is someone to have dinner with” Leonard Cohen On Relationships Later In Life

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Believe me, what you want is someone to have dinner with… sleep with from time to time, telephone every day or write. It’s what you set up that is defeating. Make it very modest. And give yourself permission to make a few mistakes. You know, blow it a bit. Have a few drinks and fall into bed with somebody. It doesn’t have to be the final thing.quotedown2

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From He Has Tried in His Way to Be Free by Sarah Hampson (Lion’s Roar: Nov 1, 2007). Photo of Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas in Montreal 2005 taken by Kim Solez.

“There’s a lot of things that you can do [at 80] that you couldn’t do when you were younger. You depend on a certain resilience that is not yours to command, but which is present. And if you can sense this resilience or sense this capacity to continue, it means a lot more at this age than it did when I was 30.” Leonard Cohen

 

At age 80, are there things you can’t do that you used to be able to?

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There’s a lot of things that you can do that you couldn’t do when you were younger. You depend on a certain resilience that is not yours to command, but which is present. And if you can sense this resilience or sense this capacity to continue, it means a lot more at this age than it did when I was 30, when I took it for granted.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone: Sept 19, 2014).

“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.