“I’ve never been very attached to my opinions. I’m not flippant about them but, whenever I hear myself say something, I recognise my own unwillingness to stand behind it.” Leonard Cohen

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted Feb 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Phil [Spector] had a lot of guns all over the place. You’d always be tripping over bullets that had fallen out of guns.” Leonard Cohen

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Phil [Spector] had a lot of guns all over the place. You’d always be tripping over bullets that had fallen out of guns. Once I challenged one of Phil’s bodyguards to draw on me. It got that tense. My state of mind was only slightly less demented that Spector’s at the time.quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

“My standard of living deteriorated considerably as I made money” Leonard Cohen


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My standard of living deteriorated considerably as I made money, and that was a kind of trap for me because I noticed that before I had any money I was really much better.quotedown2

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From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted Oct 26, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Becoming a bohemian] was most charitably considered a phase the child would grow out of. But in my case, I didn’t grow out of it.” Leonard Cohen

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Becoming what they call a bohemian was not encouraged by families like my own. It was most charitably considered a phase the child would grow out of. But in my case, I didn’t grow out of it. It got worse and worse. And so I find myself in the sorry predicament…quotedown2

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From 7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993.

Q: Who is your best male friend and your best female friend? Leonard Cohen: “My 12-inch dick” + Summary Of Leonard’s Genital Self-Assessments

From “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” in Q Magazine, September 1994.

On the other hand,

If only my genitals didn’t float
When I relaxed in the bath
And we both looked down and we both agreed
It’s stupid to be a man

From The Good Fight by Leonard Cohen, published in Stranger Music (1993)

More About Leonard’s Genital Self-assessment:

Q: What do you never leave home without? Leonard Cohen: “My 12-inch dick.”

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On the other hand,

If only my genitals didn’t float
When I relaxed in the bath
And we both looked down and we both agreed
It’s stupid to be a man

From The Good Fight by Leonard Cohen, published in Stranger Music (1993)

More About Leonard’s Genital Self-assessment:

“In the early days, with the various substances that were available, I thought I was quite flipped out – you know, since about ’82 or ’83, I have understood I am deeply flipped out.” Leonard Cohen

Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Photo by Alberto Manzano.

“There is an enterprise called poetry today and I don’t really feel part of it” Leonard Cohen (2006)

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I’m reluctant to call [my work] poetry. I like your idea of footnotes, or notes or some other kind of activity, because I think there is an enterprise called poetry today and I don’t really feel part of it… I don’t have that mind that seems to be valued today. I can’t understand a lot of the stuff that’s written.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, speaking to Michael Silverblatt on KCRW Bookworm program about Book Of Longing June 22, 2006. The entire program can be heard at KCRW Bookworm – Leonard Cohen. Originally posted Dec 18, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric