100 Motivational Quotes By Leonard Cohen That Will Help You Look At The Brighter Side Of Life
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 21
st 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. The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world. Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in. I don't remember
lighting this cigarette
and I don't remember
if I'm here alone
or waiting for someone. How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me? 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. Never make a decision when you need to pee. Here's to the few who forgive what you do, and the fewer who don't even care You go your way
I'll go your way too If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day. Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore 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 ... 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 First of all nothing will happen
and a little later
nothing will happen again I have tried in my way to be free. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder. I cannot understand why my arm is not a lilac tree. My reputation as a ladies' man was a joke that caused me to laugh bitterly through the ten thousand nights I spent alone. The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show. Don't call yourself a secret
unless you mean to keep it. It's hard to hold the hand of anyone who is reaching for the sky just to surrender I have often prayed for you
Let me have her It doesn't matter what you do because it's going to happen anyway. A kite is a victim you are sure of.
you love it because it pulls. Remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was, "Hallelujah. I'm planning a catastrophe. A heavy burden lifted from my soul,
I heard that love was out of my control. Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act. Anything I tell you is an alibi for something else."
Then let's be quiet together. Love is a fire/It burns everyone/It disfigures everyone/It is the world's excuse for being ugly. Deprivation is the mother of poetry. You live your life as if it's real.......a thousand kisses deep He knew that hair couldn't feel; he kissed her hair. Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah 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. We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear. Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows. 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. How bitter were
the Prozac pills
of the last
few hundred mornings We are ugly but we have the music. There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't. When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned. Like a bird on a wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir,
I have tried in my way to be free!! Ah, grief makes us precise! I dreamed about you baby.
It was just the other night.
Most of you was naked
Ah, but some of you was light. Your body will never be familiar. It's time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again. Silence
And a deeper silence
When the crickets
Hesitate Friend, when you speak this carefully I know it is because you don't know what to say. 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. She was made of flesh and eyelashes. 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. You go to Heaven once you've been to Hell Ordinary eternal machinery, like the grinding of the stars 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. I almost went to bed
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 I've forgotten most of what I've read and, frankly, it never seemed very important to me or to the world. 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. My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn't write
What the night pencilled in Dream after dream we all lie in each other's arms It doesn't matter how anything happens. In our rags of light, all dressed to kill. Love is the only engine of survival 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. My interest in this pack of failures betrays my character. ..you wanted to be the Superman who was never Clark Kent Show me slowly what I only
know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love 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. I am not the one who loved, it's love that chooses me.
When hatred with it's package comes, you forbid delivery. 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. The sweetest little song:
You go your way
I'll go your way too! As the mist leaves no scar
On the dark green hill
So my body leaves no scar
On you and never will 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. I don't even hate books anymore. Garages, barns and attics are always older than the buildings to which they are attached. 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. From bitter searching of the heart,
quickened with passion and with pain
to play a greater part
this is the faith from which we start. I will not be held like a drunkard / under the cold tap of facts At first first nothing will happen to us
and later on
it will happen to us again. The Maestro says it's Mozart but it sounds like bubble gum when you're waiting for the miracle to come. I told the truth, I didn't come to fool you It's four in the morning, the end of december
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better. Everything has a crack in it; that's how the light gets in. 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. I'm afraid to live any place but in expectation. I'm no life-risk. Stunned and still not suffering. Swollen with care and anxiety and still not suffering. Useless, old and full of grief, but still not suffering. Who could have foretold
the heart grows old
from touching others 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. After a while, if you are sufficiently bored or unemployed, you may want to read it from cover to cover. There's no forsaking what you love
no existential leap
as witnessed here in time and blood
a thousand kisses deep
I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.
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.
My animal howls
My angel's upset
But I'm not allowed
A trace of regret
I don't want to be a star, merely dying.
Well I am the one who loves changing from nothing to one.
Games are nature's most beautiful creation Believe nothing of me
except that I felt your beauty
more closely than my own.