“Suffering has made me rebel against my own weakness; suffering makes you strong.” Leonard Cohen

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Suffering has led me to wherever I am. Suffering has made me rebel against my own weakness; suffering makes you strong. Now, in the midst of my suffering, I refuse to suffer. It’s there, but I refuse to suffer… Sex used to be the only thing that relieved suffering for me. I still like women and sex but for different reasons now. It’s wrong to feel sorry for people. It just confirms them in their suffering. It makes it an end in itself. Suffering is really the way you learn what not to do This thing I want to do in the world relieves suffering.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine: Sept 12, 1970). Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174.

“Any of the decisions that I made, if one could actually locate a shape or form, were all within a wall, the landscape of panic.” Leonard Cohen

Anjelica Huston: Have you always had a sense of interior panic?

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Always. I didn’t really know what to call it for a long time, but I have a friend in Greece who used that word panic a lot, and I found myself resisting it, until I totally accepted that as a precise description of my interior condition. It was mostly panic from one moment to the next. And nothing much else was going on. And any of the decisions that I made, if one could actually locate a shape or form, were all within a wall, the landscape of panic. quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Content originally posted May 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I remember reading a book by Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge or something, and thinking ‘This whole vision is taken from Beautiful Losers.'” Leonard Cohen

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Sometimes I see people’s work and think that they may have had their genesis in something I’ve done. Sometimes I read a novel that … of course you can get very paranoiac about that also, and think so-and-so’s copied my entire style. I remember reading a book by Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge or something, and thinking ‘This whole vision is taken from Beautiful Losers.’ But I don’t know, that might be quite mad. He might never have even seen the book.quotedown2

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From Romance at the Broncoburger by Rob Mackie (New Musical Express: April 5, 1975). Photo by SusmartOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

“I don’t pretend to have salvation or the answers or anything like that. I’m not saved. But on the other hand, I’m not spent.” Leonard Cohen (2002)

From Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore, published in Spin, March 2002. Accessed at the Ten New Songs site. Originally posted July 26, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Photo by Anjani Thomas.

“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