Leonard Cohen On Love: “Nobody masters it”

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Because of this fictitious reputation [as a lady’s man] I have the credentials that permit me to enter into conversations with the Great Ones. From what I gather, when it comes to objects of love that they desire – not the ones that come easily but the women they want – then the background is anxiety. It has a physical resonance. Nobody masters it.quotedown2

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The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland, GQ: Nov 2001.

“Most of us cherish some sort of dream of surrender” Leonard Cohen On Relationships

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Most men have a woman in their heart and most women have a man in their heart. There are people that don’t. But most of us cherish some sort of dream of surrender. But these are dreams and sometimes they’re defeated and sometimes they’re manifested.quotedown2

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From ‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia’ by Jian Ghomeshi (The Guardian: 9 July 2009). Photo by Paul Zollo. Originally posted October 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You can just see things more clearly. It’s a veil that drops.” Leonard Cohen On The Effect Of His Depression Ending

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When the background of distress dissolves, you’re able to see people more clearly. [Interviewer: People who love you, you mean?] Yeah, or don’t.  You’re able to appreciate the authentic situation. You can just see things more clearly. It’s a veil that drops. You’re not looking at everything from the point of view of your own suffering.quotedown2

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Life Of A Ladies’ Man by Sarah Hampson. Globe and Mail: May. 25 2007. Photo by Paul Zollo (Pico Blvd, L.A. – Feb 26, 2007)

A summary of the clinical depression from which Leonard Cohen can be found at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

Leonard Cohen On Seduction, Singers, & The Bee Gees (1984)


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I know that some girls like my songs, but a lot more like the Bee Gees. Girls like singers. There are different roles that seduce people and singer is one of them.quotedown2

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From Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984. Originally posted November 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Young Canadian women were more realistic than that … Tougher” Leonard Cohen On Poetry As An Inefficient “Instrument Of Seduction”

Interviewer: Was poetry also a way for you to approach girls more easily?

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Oh yes. But few women were impressed because poetry wasn’t very prestigious back then. It wasn’t a very efficient instrument of seduction (laughs)…certainly not in the beginning. Young Canadian women were more realistic than that (laughs)… Tougher.
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Leonard Cohen, quoted in Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Note: Originally posted August 1, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric