“I think it’s the best position for a human” Leonard Cohen On Being A Beautiful Loser

In an old interview you end up saying, “There are still beautiful losers and I am one.” Today what can you say? Do you still feel like a beautiful loser?

I think it’s the best position for a human. I wrote in another song A Thousand Kisses Deep, [Leonard translating himself into French] “And summoned now to deal / With your invincible defeat.” Invincible defeat. Everyone at a certain point is up against invincible defeat, and you have to deal with that fact: invincible defeat. quotedown2

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Meeting with Leonard Cohen – Interview by Albert Labbouz  Translation and adaptation: Dr. Marc Gaffié (Patrice Clos: “Throughout the conversation, Leonard spoke mainly in French but also in English. It is this synthesis of the two languages ​​that was absolutely necessary.”) Paris, June 29, 2001. Published in French; this excerpt via Google Translate.

“I feel that, more and more, I need to be strong and cheerful, to greet the daily events, the daily abrasions that seem to greet me.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen…What’s Your Problem? Doom and Gloom by Patrick Humphries (Vox: February, 1993).  Originally posted Oct 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Panic As A Cause Of Violence

Everybody probably has always been in a panic. Today [people] are ready to take emergency cures, whatever they are, if it’s violence, if it’s a fascination with serial killing or whatever — the discomfort is so intense.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Content originally posted June 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Sitting there among the turtles, drinking Welch’s grape juice, eating a licorice cigar, Leonard Cohen says, ‘I don’t know, everybody has become kind of loony.’” 1966

DrHGuy Note: They weren’t live turtles – they were inflated vinyl turtles

From Is the World (or Anybody) Ready for Leonard Cohen? by Jon Ruddy. Maclean’s: October 1, 1966. Originally posted Dec 4, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“Every single thing you get you pay for …” Leonard Cohen

Every single thing you get you pay for, especially the things like love, especially the things like artistic success. There’s nobody who beats the rap in this game.quotedown2

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From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Originally posted Nov 29, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric