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

Famous As: One of the Most Accomplished Canadian Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriters of His Generation
Born On: September 21, 1934
Died On: November 7, 2016
Born In: Westmount, Canada
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

... 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

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.

I have tried in my way to be free.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Leonard Cohen
Remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was,

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.

I'm planning a catastrophe.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deprivation is the mother of poetry.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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
Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.

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.

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

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

Leonard Cohen
We are ugly but we have the music.

We are ugly but we have the music.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Ah, grief makes us precise!

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

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

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.

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.

Your body will never be familiar.

Leonard Cohen
Silence

And a deeper silence

When the crickets

Hesitate

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

You go to Heaven once you've been to Hell

Leonard Cohen
Ordinary eternal machinery, like the grinding of the stars

Ordinary eternal machinery, like the grinding of the stars

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

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

My interest in this pack of failures betrays my character.

Leonard Cohen
It doesn't matter how anything happens.

It doesn't matter how anything happens.

Leonard Cohen
In our rags of light, all dressed to kill.

In our rags of light, all dressed to kill.

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.

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
Love is the only engine of survival

Love is the only engine of survival

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

Leonard Cohen
I don't even hate books anymore.

I don't even hate books anymore.

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

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

Leonard Cohen
The Dream

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Leonard Cohen
Who could have foretold
the heart grows old
from touching others

Who could have foretold the heart grows old from touching others

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Leonard Cohen
Games are nature's most beautiful creation

Games are nature's most beautiful creation

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

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

Leonard Cohen