Leonard Cohen Quotes

Some say that no one ever leaves Montreal, for that city, like Canada itself, is designed to preserve the past, a past that happened somewhere else.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 2, sct. 19 (1963).
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A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 3, ch. 8 (1963).
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In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 3, ch. 8 (1963).
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Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 1, ch. 1 (1963).
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Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. The Favourite Game, bk. 1, ch. 17 (1963).
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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 (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "The History of Them All," bk. 1, Beautiful Losers (1970).
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