The world lost another brilliantly influential musician on November 10, 2016. As if the world wasn’t devastating enough.
One of the best ways to remember the impact someone had and good they have done is to remind yourself of their work.
Leonard Cohen was amazing and will live on through his music and his words.
These are some of his quotes that will resinate with me forever.
“When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp you feet and do a little jig. Thats about all you can do.”
“I’ve seen nations rise and fall. I’ve heard their stories, heard them all, but loves the only engine of survival.”
“Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore.”
“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a select to reveal. A scar is what happens when the world is made flesh.”
“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
“There is a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in.”
“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.”
“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
“What is most original in a man’s nature is often that which is most desperate. Thus new systems are forced on the world by men who simply cannot bear the pain of living with what is. Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique. If Hitler had been born in Nazi Germany he wouldn’t have been content to enjoy the atmosphere.”
“I man old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That’s what sitting on your ass does to your face.”
“A woman watches her body uneasily, as thought were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”
“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”
“In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress”
“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.”
“I finally broke into the prison I found my place in the chain. Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.”
“We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear.”
“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 cruel in our journey.”
” I don’t really understand that process called reincarnation but if there is such a thing I’d like to come back as my daughter’s dog.”
“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see wether it shines.”
“We are so small between the starts, so large against the sky.”
“Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free.”
“It’s the notion that there is no perfection- that there is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still there is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.”
“You live your life as if it’s real……..a thousand kisses deep.”
“I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere.”
“When we are touched by a song, it is because the artist cannot hide himself.”
“I can’t run no more with the lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud and they’re going to hear from me. Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything Thats how the light gets in.”
“May you be surrounded by friends and family, and if this is not your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude.”
“A man never got a woman back… not by begging on his knees.”
“I wish I could say everything in one word. I hate all the things that can happen between the beginning of a sentence and the end.”
“May everyone live, and may everyone die. Hello, my love, and my love, goodbye.”
“The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it’s overturned the order of the soul…”
“Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tried. You look like you could go on forever. Now come into my arms. You are the image of my beauty.”
“Never make a decision when you have to pee.”
“We’re always experiencing joy and sadness. But there are lots of people who’ve closed down. And there are times in one’s life when one has to close down just to regroup.”
“You lose your grip, and then you slip into the Masterpiece.”
“I am not the one who loved, it’s love that chooses me. When hatred with it’s package comes, you forbid delivery.”
“But I’m stubborn as this garbage bags that time cannot decay, I’m junk but I’m still holding up this wild bouquet: Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”
“People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out too be difficult or obscure.I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.”
Leonard Cohen will be missed forever. I, along with millions of people all around the world, am absolutely devastated. He was such an inspiration. His music is so thought provoking, so peaceful, and so interesting. His voice and his music will never, ever be forgotten. Now I am just rambling but I cannot express my gratitude and admiration for Leonard Cohen in a complex way right now.
Rock In Peace, Leonard. Thank You.