Danny Fields: Oh, Leonard. forgive me, but I have to bring up the revolution. What happened to it?
Leonard Cohen: (laughs) I think everyone perceives that these are times when the work is on the individual for himself, by himself, and the urgency is now for each man to make himself strong. I don’t think anybody is going to put together the whole pattern, or understand all the movements.
Danny Fields: Do you think all hopes for collective strength should be postponed?
Leonard Cohen: I think that people should clearly perceive what kind of activity strengthens them, and what kind of activity disintegrates them. I think those who have a talent or a gift for—or are nourished by—collective enterprise should throw themselves in with it, and those who are nourished by another kind of activity should embrace that. I think if there is really a revolution, it’s against tyranny, and part of tyranny is the notion that there’s one kind of thing for everybody to do.
Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. December 5, 1974.