Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Nov. 4, 1988).
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  • ''I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the tops of her uniforms.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "A Long Letter from F," bk. 2, Beautiful Losers (1970).
    50 person liked.
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  • ''Israel, and you who call yourself Israel, the Church that calls itself Israel, and the revolt that calls itself Israel, and every nation chosen to be a nation—none of these lands is yours, all of you are thieves of holiness, all of you at war with Mercy.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sct. 27 (1984).
    91 person liked.
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  • ''Raise a million filters and the rain will not be clean, until the longing for it be refined in deep confession. And still we hear, If only this nation had a soul, or, Let us change the way we trade, or, Let us be proud of our region.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sect. 30 (1984).
    42 person liked.
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  • ''To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sect. 27 (1984).
    18 person liked.
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  • ''Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "F.," sect. 18, Beautiful Losers (1970).
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  • ''The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Lawrence Breavman, in The Favourite Game, bk. 4, sct. 12 (1963).
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  • ''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 (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "Lines from My Grandfather's Journal," The Spice-Box of Earth (1965).
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  • ''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.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "Lines From My Grandfather's Journal," The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961).
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  • ''Some say that no one ever leaves Montreal, for that city, like Canada itself, is designed to preserve the past, a past that happened somewhere else.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 2, sct. 19 (1963).
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Best Poem of Leonard Cohen

For Anne

With Annie gone,
whose eyes to compare
with the morning sun?

Not that Idid compare,
But I do compare
Now that she's gone.

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Suzanne

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her

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