Leonard Cohen Talks About “When the soul becomes deeply threatened”

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That’s when it really becomes diabolic … when things have never been better and you just know that there’s this little numb part of your heart that is not being addressed by anything. That’s when the soul becomes deeply threatened.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

“The most important thing I can say to you really is that you don’t learn by talking.” Leonard Cohen 1972

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The most important thing I can say to you really is that you don’t learn by talking. Those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know. There’s some truth to that you know. You don’t find any of the great enlightened masters sitting around rapping. You just don’t learn that way.quotedown2

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From Famous last words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman (Macleans: June 10, 1972)

Leonard Cohen: “I would love to be admired without the work. … I just know that I’ve got to work.”


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I would love to be admired without the work. And it’s one of the cruel jokes, and I might say one of the comforting jokes, that one also wants to be admired for beauty, for elegance, for graceful limbs, for the music one creates out of just walking from one room to another. I mean one really would like to be loved for one’s animal grace. But even if one were, that is always subject to time. So when you’re involved with another kind of creation that’s not entirely conditional, then there’s a certain comfort in that, too. I just know that I’ve got to work.quotedown2

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Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Originally posted Oct 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“We’re living in a butcher shop.” Leonard Cohen

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We’re living in a butcher shop. The fact that we die is the only comfort in the whole thing. The anxiety comes from some kind of acute illusion of busyness. There are so many things to do that you’re not doing, so many thoughts to think that you’re not thinking, so many women to make love with that you’re not loving.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Obscured…A Haunting by Spector by Stephen Holden. Rolling Stone: January 26, 1978. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331 Originally posted Jan 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It became clear to me that I had no position and that nobody else did either.” Leonard Cohen

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I couldn’t enter into the orthodox Jewish stream, the Hassidic dance – I tried, but it wasn’t really my own. I couldn’t really become a fighter in the Spanish Civil War, since it was over. I didn’t have the right accent or speak the kind of English my professors spoke. There was plenty of cafe culture in Montreal, but I wasn’t welcome there. It was mainly French and I spoke English. You had more prestige if you came from the wrong side of the tracks and I come from the right side. So I was always trying to find a cafe that was mine, a language and style that was mine, always looking for a homeland and a position – until it became clear to me that I had no position and that nobody else did either. They’d been swept away. quotedown2

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From Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 Originally posted Jan 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“We are all embraced by the truth continually and sometimes we know it and sometimes we don’t.” Leonard Cohen

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in the First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988. Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted March 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.