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Top 250 Leonard Cohen Quotes (2024 Update)
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Leonard Cohen Quote: “Do not believe the truth. The truth is tiny compared to what you have to do.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Blessed is your name. Blessed is the confession of your name.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “We used to play music for fun. Much more than now. Now nobody picks up a guitar unless they’re paid for it.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Bind me to your will, bind me with these threads of sorrow, and gather me out of the afternoon where I have torn my soul on twenty monstrous altars, offering all things but myself.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I never really liked poetry readings; I liked to read poetry by myself, but I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I fought against the bottle, but I had to do it drunk. Took my diamond to the pawn shop, but that don’t make it junk.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn’t write What the night pencilled in.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Everytime you grab at love you will lose a snowflake of your memory.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “It’s hard to hold the hand of anyone who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “History is a needle for putting men asleep anointed with the poison Of all they want to keep.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I dreamed about you baby. It was just the other night. Most of you was naked Ah, but some of you was light.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “All the lousy little poets coming around trying to sound like Charles Manson.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I finally broke into the prison I found my place in the chain Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “How bitter were the Prozac pills of the last few hundred mornings.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I couldn’t feel so I learned to touch.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “At first first nothing will happen to us and later on it will happen to us again.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Even without the mushroom cloud still I would have hated Listen I would have done the same things even if there were no death I will not be held like a drunkard under the cold tap of facts I refuse the universal alibi.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “The duty of lovers is to tarnish the Golden Rule.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a kind of dangerous description. It’s for others; it’s for others to use.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Coroner’s inquest: death by drowning. And he hasn’t been to the sea-shore in ten years.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, where we have the sense that we can’t live without love. That life has very little meaning without love.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Who could have foretold the heart grows old from touching others.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Fare thee well my nightingale, I lived but to be near you. Thow you are singing somewhere still I can no longer hear you.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I guess you go for nothing, if you really want to go that far.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Shouldering your loneliness like a gun that you will not learn to aim, you stumble into this movie house then you climb, you climb into the frame.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “She was made of flesh and eyelashes.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “A teacher I once had told me that the older you get, the lonelier you become and the deeper the love you need. Loneliness creates an appetite for deeper love, and the entire predicament deepens. And as a result of suffering, your capacity to love deeply increases.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I want history to jump on Canada’s spine with sharp skates.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “And clenching your fist for the ones like us Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I have often prayed for you like this Let me have her.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “The art of longing’s over, and it’s never coming back.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Well, I’ve been waiting, I was sure we’d meet between the trains we’re waiting for I think it’s time to board another Please understand, I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “So the great affair is over but whoever would have guessed, It would leave us all so vacant and so deeply unimpressed, It’s like our visit to the moon or to that other star, I guess you go for nothing if you really want to go that far.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I remember what Ben Jonson said: ‘I’ve studied all the philosophies and all the theologies but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “The winter has not killed usagain!”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “It is painful to recall a past intensity, to estimate your distance from the Belsen heap, to make your peace with numbers. Just to get up each morning is to make a kind of peace.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Stunned and still not suffering. Swollen with care and anxiety and still not suffering. Useless, old and full of grief, but still not suffering.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I’ve practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I had the title poet, and maybe I was one for a while. Also, the title singer was kindly accorded me, even though I could barely carry a tune.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “What were the bodies like on the beach? Ugly and white and ruined by offices.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I’m not a very nostalgic person. I don’t really look at the past and summon up regrets, or self-congratulations, it just is not a mechanism that operates very strongly in me. So I neither have regrets nor occasions for self-congratulations.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I swear by this song and by all that I have done wrong, I will make it all up to thee.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I bargain now. I offer buttons for his love.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “We’re always experiencing joy or sadness. But there are lots of people who’ve closed down. And there are times in one’s life when one has to close down just to regroup.”
Leonard Cohen Quote: “I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you, I’m glad you stood in my way.”
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