Interviewer: I ask [Leonard Cohen] if he thinks his serenity is always on the verge of collapsing into something else – manic laughter, irresponsibility, repugnance even.
I feel that everything is changing into something else. Serenity is not a condition I find myself in too often. When it comes, I tend to wallow in it for as long as it lasts. It’s an excellent thing. We should have more of it. It doesn’t matter whether you need it or not. It comes.
From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).
Note: Originally posted Aug 17, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric