Leonard Cohen Quotes


Best 46 Quotes by Leonard Cohen – Page 1 of 2

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

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

“Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tired. You look like you could go on forever. Now come into my arms. You are the image of my beauty.”

“Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.”

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

“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 have tried in my way to be free.”

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

“If you want a lover I'll do anything you ask.
If you want a different kind of love I'll wear a mask.
If you want to strike me down in anger here I stand.
If you want a partner in life take my hand.
I'm your man.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
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.”

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

“Then let's be quiet together.”

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

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

“We are ugly but we have the music.”

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

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

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

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“Never make a decision when you need to pee.”

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