Leonard Cohen “If you hang in there long enough …”

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I think in the back of my mind, I always cherished some idea of an old man in a suit, smoking a cigarette, and delicately talking about his work to somebody. If you hang in there long enough, you begin to be surrounded by a certain gentleness, and also a certain invisibility. This invisibility is promising, because it will probably become deeper and deeper. And with invisibility — and I am not talking about the opposite of celebrity, I mean something like ‘The Shadow,’ who can move from one room to another unobserved — comes a beautiful calm.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen, A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott. Saturday Night: September 15, 2001.

Note: Originally posted March 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Songwriting & Aging

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The clear sense that you know you’re in the homeward stretch is a very compelling component in writing. A lot of other things fall away that you hoped would satisfy you like human life, and your work becomes a kind of haven, and you want to go there, and you’re grateful when the time opens in such a way that you can actually sit down and work at your own work, because everything else somehow has failed.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Coffee And Candour With Cohen by Simon Houpt. The Globe and Mail: February 27, 2009

Note: Originally posted Sept 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Perceiving The Value Of Conflicting Positions As “You Get A Little Older”

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There comes a point, I think, as you get a little older, you feel that nothing represents you. You can see the value of many positions, even positions that are in savage conflict with one another. You can locate components on both sides that resonate within you.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen at 80: ‘The other side of the hill is no time to tarry’ By Neil McCormick.

Note: Originally posted September 21, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Good News – We’re Becoming More Beautiful & Better Looking To Leonard Cohen

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As you become older, it’s well known, women become more and more beautiful and as a matter of fact men get better and better looking, too. In fact, everything looks better.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988

DrHGuy Note: Leonard Cohen was no older than 54 when he made this statement.

Note: Originally posted Nov 14, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on being asked “What is the best advice you have ever received?”

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It went like this: ‘The older you get, the lonelier you become and the deeper the love you need.’ It’s something I can validate.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen (Q Magazine, September 1994)

Note: Originally posted Jan 21, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric