“I know the hustler position is very popular today: Get by with as little work as possible. I’m not going to dispute that — maybe it works. It never worked for me, and I think it’s a venomous philosophy.” Leonard Cohen

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I know the hustler position is very popular today: Get by with as little work as possible. I’m not going to dispute that — maybe it works. It never worked for me, and I think it’s a venomous philosophy. I’m very well rewarded for my work, and I have no complaints about anything to do with my career. But it’s hard work, and I want it to remain hard work, and that’s the way it is.quotedown2

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From Cohen Grows Into The Future Gracefully, And With A Grin By Peter Howell (Toronto Star, November 19, 1992). Note: Originally posted December 16, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Your new record…was such a wonderful surprise for us all. When was it that you first felt you needed to put some more music into your life? Was this moment related to something particular? Leonard Cohen: “Nothing particular. Just the job.”

DrHGuy Note: The “new record” was Ten New Songs .

From October 16, 2001 Online Web Chat

“It’s essential that a man makes a living, and I always like to get paid for what I do, but I don’t like to do it for pay.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen By Pat Harbron. Beetle: December 1973. Photo taken by Sam Tata in Montreal, 1973 – from Library and Archives Canada. Originally posted Jan 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.” Leonard Cohen

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I came from a tradition in which family is very important, and I try to be the best father I can. It wasn’t merely a philosophical choice that I go to work every day: I had to make a buck over the years. The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.quotedown2

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Photo: From left – Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen (Montreal 1972) . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Quotation from Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Originally posted Dec 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My only success is the fact that I’ve been able to get to the desk.” Leonard Cohen

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I think that the content of that work at the moment of arrival at the page is exactly the strategy that allows you to get there. Because getting there is the trick, getting there is the trouble. But once you get there, once your life is organised so beautifully so that there is a table, a chair, a typewriter, that is an incredible triumph. Most people give up … My mind is not particularly fertile. My only success is the fact that I’ve been able to get to the desk. My whole life has been trying to arrange those moments when I take care of everything that is not in the room, and have the moment to arrive. And usually what I am writing about is everything I’ve had to do to get to the moment of writing at the desk.quotedown2

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June 22, 2006 Leonard Cohen interview by Michael Silverblatt on KCRW Bookworm. Description of interview from KCRW website:

Leonard Cohen talks about his early years as a poet in Montreal; his novel, Beautiful Losers; his songs; and now, ten years since his last book and fifty years since his first, the vicissitudes and recoveries that led to the art, lyrics and poems in his new Book of Longing.

Listen to or download the entire interview at KCRW Bookworm.

Originally posted Nov 3, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on the value of “working shoulder to shoulder with the monks”

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That’s one area where working shoulder to shoulder with the monks helped me; they’re patient, that’s their approach to everything. You might be in the dark at first when you start writing something, but you follow it for dozens of versions, you see the 25th and it starts to make sense. Things do clarify, given time.quotedown2

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Poet seeks perfect word on his CD by Tom Moon. Philadelphia Inquirer: October 14, 2001

Note: Originally posted Sept 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Working “I feel better when I’m working …”

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I feel better when I’m working than when I’m not, but I feel both things – a need to write and a need to quit. The need to write is greater – off and on. Sometimes you get tired of the whole thing; think you’ll get an honest job. Sometimes you know you’re just dealing with the pipes and you think you’d like to get out of the basement. But you recognise your limitations and try to work within them…quotedown2

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From Suffering For Fan And Profit – The Return Of Leonard Cohen by Mick Brown. Sounds: July 3 1976, Accessed 26 April 2014 at LeonardCohenFiles

Note: Originally posted September 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen “If you hang in there long enough …”

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I think in the back of my mind, I always cherished some idea of an old man in a suit, smoking a cigarette, and delicately talking about his work to somebody. If you hang in there long enough, you begin to be surrounded by a certain gentleness, and also a certain invisibility. This invisibility is promising, because it will probably become deeper and deeper. And with invisibility — and I am not talking about the opposite of celebrity, I mean something like ‘The Shadow,’ who can move from one room to another unobserved — comes a beautiful calm.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen, A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott. Saturday Night: September 15, 2001.

Note: Originally posted March 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric