Q: Could you give up everything for beauty? Leonard Cohen “I don’t think these things are decisions one makes”

[Interviewer:] Like in “Came So Far For Beauty,” you seem, at times, to be completely under the spell of beauty, almost submissive to it. Could you give up everything for beauty?

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I don’t think these things are decisions one makes. If you have the kind of nature where you are ready to go the whole way, then you’re stuck with that kind of nature and you just go the whole way.quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted December 7, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“There’s so little that you can do about [death]… We’ve got to live our lives as if they’re not going to end immediately. So we have to live under those – some people might call them illusions.” Leonard Cohen (2009)


Are you fearful of death?

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Everyone has to have a certain amount of anxiety about the conditions of one’s death. The actual circumstances, the pain involved, the affect on your heirs. But there’s so little that you can do about it. It’s best to relegate those concerns to the appropriate compartments of the mind and not let them inform all your activities. We’ve got to live our lives as if they’re not going to end immediately. So we have to live under those – some people might call them illusions.quotedown2

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From ‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia‘ by Jian Ghomeshi. The Guardian: July 9, 2009. Originally posted Apr 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“One’s own life is mysterious” Leonard Cohen Rebuts Simplistic Causality

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One’s own life is mysterious. The predicaments one finds oneself in at particular moments are the result of a web of inextricable circumstances which I certainly can’t penetrate. As you get older, you begin to accept the circumstances.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

More Leonard Cohen comments on this issue can be found at

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted Feb 1, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You live your life as if it’s real … but with the intuitive understanding that it’s unfolding as it should and you are not running the show.” Leonard Cohen

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You may believe you have some control over [your] decisions, but certainly not the consequences. But you live your life as if it’s real … as if you’re directing it, but with the intuitive understanding that it’s unfolding as it should and you are not running the show.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Look Who’s Back at 67: Gentle Leonard Cohen by Frank DiGiacomo. New York Observer: Oct 15, 2001. Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is a Sony publicity photo for Ten New Songs taken by Laszlo.Originally posted May 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion but nothing more” Leonard Cohen

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Somehow things are given and they are given powerfully. You’re stuck with them. Your own nature is one of those things. You don’t wake up in the morning and choose the sort of guy you’re gonna be. Maybe you can in a really superficial way. Like in Rhinehart’s Dice Man. I loved that book very much, as a wonderful escapist idea. I think you’re kind of stuck with who you are and that’s what you’re dealing with. That’s the hand that you’ve been dealt. To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion…but nothing more.”quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

Leonard Cohen Reading List

The book referenced by Leonard Cohen, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart, is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

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  • Title: The Dice Man
  • Author: George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0688014577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688014575

Note: Originally posted Jan 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Quotations Illustrated: “The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.”

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An Online Stocking Stuffer & Visual Metaphor From DrHGuy

Once  upon a time, before Cohencentric’s predecessors, DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com, became the ne plus ultra of  Leonard Cohen sites, they held other attractions, including special Christmas features. It turns out that one of those offerings, something I like to call the Capricious Snowglobe God Snowglobe, is not only a dandy toy but also a rather impressive illustration of the increasingly popular Leonard Cohen quotation

The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.

My favorite online snowglobe empowers viewers to grab the snowglobe with the cursor, give it a shake, and watch the people inside tumble around shouting “avalanche,” “earthquake,” and general indicators of panic. Then, they return to their routine affairs – the people getting into fights, the snowman eating the snowman maker, fist fights, ski jumping, and an old man yelling out the windows.  If you wait long enough the old man will sleep walk into the glass.

The graphic atop this post is only an animated demo that shows what happens when you shake the snow globe with your mouse. The real fun is doing it yourself at  Interactive Snow Globe.

Credit Due Department: Years ago, I found this fascinating toy at and lifted part of the description of it from The Coolest Christmas Snowglobe Flash Animation. Leonard’s quotation is from On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual by Larry Rohter (New York Times: February 24, 2009)