“It’s finally happened… if by falling in love they mean that life becomes impossible to live and you hardly know how to get from one moment to another, and that you cannot entertain the idea of living without the approval & love of ‘the object.'” Leonard Cohen 1988

But you’ve never married.

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No, I never really fell in love, so I never saw the point. If I understood what ‘they’ were trying to tell me, I was in love, but they all said that wasn’t good enough: I had to ‘fall.’ It’s finally happened… if by falling in love they mean that life becomes impossible to live and you hardly know how to get from one moment to another, and that you cannot entertain the idea of living without the approval and love of ‘the object.’ If that’s what falling in love is, I know what it’s like.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

My Long-Overdue Love Letter to Leonard Cohen by Elizabeth Boleman-Herring (Huffington Post: July 2, 2012). The quotation is from a June 18, 1988 interview. Rebecca De Mornay (1993) photo by Christof Graf (taken from Christof`Graf`s Leonard Cohen book “Zen & Poetry” – The Cohenpedia Series Vol. 1).

DrHGuy Note: While the identity of “the object” is not revealed in the article, the date and description of the relationship clearly indicate that the woman Leonard Cohen references is Rebecca De Mornay.

“I never fell in love till I was a man of 52. And this new album is for her.” Leonard Cohen On Dedicating I’m Your Man Album To Dominique Issermann

“All These Songs Are For You, D.I.”

My Long-Overdue Love Letter to Leonard Cohen by Elizabeth Boleman-Herring (Huffington Post: July 2, 2012). The quotation is from a June 18, 1988 interview. The Dancing Couple Dedication image was contributed by Dominique BOILE

“I used to want to make love to every woman I met… And I did make love to quite a few. But I haven’t been looking at women in the same way the last few years.” Leonard Cohen (1969)


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I used to want to make love to every woman I met. … And I did make love to quite a few. But I haven’t been looking at women in the same way the last few years. I found out that women were a very special type of person with very special sensibilities – a very special universe all their own.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen, quoted in Leonard Cohen Is A Poet Who Is Trying To Be Free by Marci McDonald, Toronto Daily Star, April 26, 1969. Originally posted Mar 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Invokes Feelings For Marianne After They Separated As Evidence That “Love Never Dies”

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People change and their bodies change and their hair grows gray and falls out and their bodies decay and die… but there is something that doesn’t change about love and about the feelings we have for people. Marianne, the woman of So Long, Marianne, when I hear her voice on the telephone, I know something is completely intact even though our lives have separated and we’ve gone our very different paths. I feel that love never dies, and that when there is an emotion strong enough to gather a song around it, that there is something about that emotion that is indestructible…quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen quotation is from his 1992 Interview with Serge Simonart. Originally posted Mar 9, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: The adulation of hipsters, [Rebecca De Mornay] helping him with errands – is this the brooding lifestyle most people would associate with Leonard Cohen? Leonard Cohen: “Solid-gold artists would kill for this kind of anguish.”

Sitting with De Mornay in his kitchen as snow sprinkles his patio, Cohen suddenly utters a phone number. It’s the number of Air Canada; they need to fly to Toronto tonight — Cohen for more media flesh-pressing, De Mornay to return to the set of her next movie, Sidney Lumet’s Beyond Innocence. ‘Is that my cue?’ De Mornay says. Cohen calmly states, to no one in particular, ‘Well, we should make reservations.’ She goes over to the phone. The adulation of hipsters, a lovely woman helping him with errands — is this the brooding lifestyle most people would associate with Leonard Cohen? He smiles grimly and says, without missing a beat, ‘Solid-gold artists would kill for this kind of anguish.’ Need any more reasons?

From 7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993. Rebecca De Mornay (1993), Photo by Christof Graf (taken from Christof`Graf`s new Leonard Cohen book “Zen & Poetry” – The Cohenpedia Series Vol. 1).

“There can be no free men unless there are free women.” Leonard Cohen

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You notice how strong [women] are? Well, let them take over. Let us be what we’re supposed to be – gossips, musicians, wrestlers. The premise being, there can be no free men unless there are free women.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Ladies and Gents, Leonard Cohen by Jack Hafferkamp (Rolling Stone: Feb. 4, 1971). Note: Originally posted Jan 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The situation between men and women is irredeemable” Leonard Cohen

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People are lonely, and their attempts at love, in whatever terms they’ve made those attempts, they’ve failed. And so people don’t want to get ripped off again; they get defensive and hard and cunning and suspicious. And of course they can never fall in love under these circumstances. By falling in love, I mean just to be able to surrender,for a moment, your particular point of view, the trance of your own subjectivity, and to accommodate someone else. The situation between men and women is irredeemable.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore. Simon and Schuster, Nov 11, 2008. The interview with Cohen from which this quotation is drawn took place in 1988.