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Motivational quotes by Leonard Cohen on life, joy, sadness, love and other things

100 Motivational Quotes By Leonard Cohen That Will Help You Look At The Brighter Side Of Life

Quick Facts

Famous As: Singer-songwriter

Born On: September 21, 1934

Died On: November 7, 2016

Born In: Westmount

Died At Age: 82

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Leonard Cohen is Canada’s gem – he is definitely one of the most loved Canadian singers, songwriters, poets and novelists that the world takes pride in. Bestowed with the nations’ highest honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, Leonard Cohen is a fascinating and enigmatic singer-songwriter from the 1960s who commands the attention of the critics and the aspiring musician even at the 21st century while making music. His music is deeply poetic and inspirational and manages to retain the attention of the audience, despite his four decades of music making career. For his remarkable talent and impeccable style, Cohen has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cohen’s career in art has witnessed him pursue multiple art forms in a short span. He started off as a writer, novelist and poet spinning out classics before pursuing music. Most of his work explores religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. The same can also be seen in his quotes that give readers a new perspective to life. Check this section and find some of the best quotes by Leonard Cohen.

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.

Leonard Cohen

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Leonard Cohen

Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.

Leonard Cohen

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

I don't remember lighting this cigarette and I don't remember if I'm here alone or waiting for someone.

Leonard Cohen

How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?

Leonard Cohen

I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.

Leonard Cohen

Never make a decision when you need to pee.

Leonard Cohen

Here's to the few who forgive what you do, and the fewer who don't even care

Leonard Cohen

You go your way I'll go your way too

Leonard Cohen

If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day.

Leonard Cohen

Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore

Leonard Cohen

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen

... i didn't fall in love of course it's never up to you but she was walking back and forth and i was passing through

Leonard Cohen

First of all nothing will happen and a little later nothing will happen again

Leonard Cohen

I have tried in my way to be free.

Leonard Cohen

As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder.

Leonard Cohen

I cannot understand why my arm is not a lilac tree.

Leonard Cohen

My reputation as a ladies' man was a joke that caused me to laugh bitterly through the ten thousand nights I spent alone.

Leonard Cohen

The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.

Leonard Cohen

Don't call yourself a secret unless you mean to keep it.

Leonard Cohen

It's hard to hold the hand of anyone who is reaching for the sky just to surrender

Leonard Cohen

I have often prayed for you like this Let me have her

Leonard Cohen

It doesn't matter what you do because it's going to happen anyway.

Leonard Cohen

A kite is a victim you are sure of. you love it because it pulls.

Leonard Cohen

Remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was, "Hallelujah.

Leonard Cohen

I'm planning a catastrophe.

Leonard Cohen

A heavy burden lifted from my soul, I heard that love was out of my control.

Leonard Cohen

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.

Leonard Cohen

Anything I tell you is an alibi for something else." Then let's be quiet together.

Leonard Cohen

Love is a fire/It burns everyone/It disfigures everyone/It is the world's excuse for being ugly.

Leonard Cohen

Deprivation is the mother of poetry.

Leonard Cohen

You live your life as if it's real.......a thousand kisses deep

Leonard Cohen

He knew that hair couldn't feel; he kissed her hair.

Leonard Cohen

Love is not a victory march It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen

My friends are gone and my hair is grey. I ache in places I used to play. And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on. I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower of song.

Leonard Cohen

We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear.

Leonard Cohen

Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.

Leonard Cohen

We are not mad. We are human.We want to love, and someone must forgive us for the paths we take to love, for the paths are many and dark, and we are ardent and cruel in our journey.

Leonard Cohen

How bitter were the Prozac pills of the last few hundred mornings

Leonard Cohen

We are ugly but we have the music.

Leonard Cohen

There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't.

Leonard Cohen

When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Leonard Cohen

Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free!!

Leonard Cohen

Ah, grief makes us precise!

Leonard Cohen

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

Your body will never be familiar.

Leonard Cohen

It's time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

Leonard Cohen

Silence And a deeper silence When the crickets Hesitate

Leonard Cohen

Friend, when you speak this carefully I know it is because you don't know what to say.

Leonard Cohen

A sip of wine, a cigarette, And then it’s time to go. I tidied up the kitchenette; I tuned the old banjo. I’m wanted at the traffic-jam. They’re saving me a seat.

Leonard Cohen

She was made of flesh and eyelashes.

Leonard Cohen

If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

Leonard Cohen

You go to Heaven once you've been to Hell

Leonard Cohen

Ordinary eternal machinery, like the grinding of the stars

Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded, Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed, Everybody knows that the war is over, Everybody knows the good guys lost.

Leonard Cohen

I almost went to bed without remembering the four white violets I put in the button-hole of your green sweater and how i kissed you then and you kissed me shy as though I’d never been your lover

Leonard Cohen

I've forgotten most of what I've read and, frankly, it never seemed very important to me or to the world.

Leonard Cohen

And may my bronze name / touch always her thousand fingers / grow brighter with her weeping / until I am fixed like a galaxy / and memorized / in her secret and fragile skies.

Leonard Cohen

My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn't write What the night pencilled in

Leonard Cohen

Dream after dream we all lie in each other's arms

Leonard Cohen

It doesn't matter how anything happens.

Leonard Cohen

In our rags of light, all dressed to kill.

Leonard Cohen

Love is the only engine of survival

Leonard Cohen

Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked By the winds of change and the weeds of sex looks like freedom but it feels like death it's something in between, I guess it's closing time.

Leonard Cohen

My interest in this pack of failures betrays my character.

Leonard Cohen

..you wanted to be the Superman who was never Clark Kent

Leonard Cohen

Show me slowly what I only know the limits of Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen

It’s a depressing habit you have of loving to sneeze and of eating apples as if they were juicier for you and being the first one to exclaim how good the movie is. You depress people. We like apples too.

Leonard Cohen

I am not the one who loved, it's love that chooses me. When hatred with it's package comes, you forbid delivery.

Leonard Cohen

When you call me close to tell me your body is not beautiful I want to summon the eyes and hidden mouths of stone and light and water to testify against you.

Leonard Cohen

The sweetest little song: You go your way I'll go your way too!

Leonard Cohen

As the mist leaves no scar On the dark green hill So my body leaves no scar On you and never will

Leonard Cohen

So much of the world is plunged in darkness and chaos... So ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

I don't even hate books anymore.

Leonard Cohen

Garages, barns and attics are always older than the buildings to which they are attached.

Leonard Cohen

The Dream" "O I had such a wonderful dream, she said. I dreamed you made love to me. At last, he said to himself, the spirit has taken up some of the heavy work.

Leonard Cohen

From bitter searching of the heart, quickened with passion and with pain we rise to play a greater part this is the faith from which we start.

Leonard Cohen

I will not be held like a drunkard / under the cold tap of facts

Leonard Cohen

At first first nothing will happen to us and later on it will happen to us again.

Leonard Cohen

The Maestro says it's Mozart but it sounds like bubble gum when you're waiting for the miracle to come.

Leonard Cohen

I told the truth, I didn't come to fool you

Leonard Cohen

It's four in the morning, the end of december I'm writing you now just to see if you're better.

Leonard Cohen

Everything has a crack in it; that's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

If you want a lover I'll do anything you ask me to. And if you want another kind of love I'll wear a mask for you.

Leonard Cohen

I'm afraid to live any place but in expectation. I'm no life-risk.

Leonard Cohen

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

Who could have foretold the heart grows old from touching others

Leonard Cohen

I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. You abandon your masterpiece and sink into the real masterpiece.

Leonard Cohen

After a while, if you are sufficiently bored or unemployed, you may want to read it from cover to cover.

Leonard Cohen

There's no forsaking what you love no existential leap as witnessed here in time and blood a thousand kisses deep

Leonard Cohen

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

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

My animal howls My angel's upset But I'm not allowed A trace of regret

Leonard Cohen

I don't want to be a star, merely dying.

Leonard Cohen

Well I am the one who loves changing from nothing to one.

Leonard Cohen

Games are nature's most beautiful creation

Leonard Cohen

Believe nothing of me except that I felt your beauty more closely than my own.

Leonard Cohen