30 of the Most Powerful Quotes From Leonard Cohen

FLORENCE - SEPTEMBER 1: Leonard Cohen, backed by guitarist Bob Metzger, greets the audience of his only Italian date of the tour: Florence, piazza Santa Croce on September 1st, 2010.
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"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

You'll Be Screaming 'Hallelujah' After Reading These Leonard Cohen Quotes

Leonard Cohen was a talent unlike any other.

He may be humble about it, but that man knew how to write powerful songs that had a unique way of sticking with you. Sure, they'd be stuck in your head, but they also made you question everything you knew to be true. They pushed you outside your comfort zone and helped you find solace in the uncomfortable. Hello, "Hallelujah," a song that we'll never, ever get tired of hearing.

We could say all the kind words about this man until our voices gave out, so we'll quit while we're ahead. Instead, we'll let his own prose do the talking.

Here are some of the best Leonard Cohen quotes you could ever take advice from!

Best Leonard Cohen Quotes

  • "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

  • "Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh."

  • "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."

  • "When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you."

  • "Any starting piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity."

  • "If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day."

  • "Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act."

  • "Never make a decision when you need to pee."

  • "I always considered myself a minor writer. My province is small, and I try to explore it very, very thoroughly."

  • "The older I get, the surer I am that I'm not running the show."

Moving Leonard Cohen Quotes

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

  • "If I knew where the good songs came from, I'd go there more often."

  • "Don't dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be."

  • "What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?"

  • "Love is the only engine of survival."

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

  • "The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world."

  • "I taught him how to dress. He taught me how to live forever."

  • "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

  • "Music is the emotional life of most people."

Inspiring Leonard Cohen Quotes

  • "I never really liked poetry readings, I liked to read poetry by myself. But I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group."

  • "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."

  • "We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky."

  • "I want to read poems filled with terror and music that changes laws and lives."

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

  • "I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time."

  • "In dreams, the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress."

  • "When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That's about all you can do."

  • "Success is survival."

  • "I didn't want to write for pay. I wanted to be paid for what I write."

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