Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.

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Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity. In what we call art, it's one of the most desirable characteristics of a piece of work.
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.
The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...
The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
What is most original in a man's nature is often that which is most desperate. Thus new systems are forced on the world by men who simply cannot bear the pain of living with what is. Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique. If Hitler had been born in Nazi Germany he wouldn't have been content to enjoy the atmosphere.

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