10 Leonard Cohen Quotes That Are Exactly What You Need To Hear Right Now
This week has been especially hard. The presidential election, while over, took a lot out of millions of people. And now, on Thursday, news broke that the world lost a true talent, Leonard Cohen. Cohen's death was announced on his Facebook page, stating, "We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries." Indeed we have, but his talent and his artistry will live on for years to come. And if that silver lining doesn't seem possible right now, these 10 Leonard Cohen quotes will be exactly what you need to hear to feel better about the emotional turmoil that has been occurring in this world as of recently.
Cohen was a wordsmith through-and-through. He was a poet, a singer, a songwriter, and novelist. He knew how to catch the emotions of his readers and listeners, and once he had their attention, he showed just how talented he was.
If you feel lost, or upset, or just looking to feel emotions after a particularly draining week, allow these quotes to sweep you up and take you to another place. They embody the talent, the grit, and the honesty that Cohen was so known to have.
1. "There Is A Crack In Everything..."
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in". RIP Leonard Cohen — Bebe Neuwirth (@BebeNeuwirth) November 11, 2016
2. "To Laugh And Cry And Cry..."
"...it's time that we began— krysten ritter (@Krystenritter) November 11, 2016
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again" RIP Leonard Cohen :(
3. "Love Is Not A Victory March..."
"I've seen your flag on the marble arch, but love is not a victory march-It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah." Rest in Love Mr. Cohen— Glennon Doyle Melton (@Momastery) November 11, 2016
4. "Even Though It All Went Wrong..."
"And even though it all went wrong, I'll stand before the Lord of song with nothing on my tongue but hallelujah."— Mike Donehey (@mikedonehey) November 11, 2016
5. "I Was Cautioned To Surrender..."
"When they poured across the border— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) November 11, 2016
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do
I took my gun and vanished."
Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016.
6. "Past The Reefs Of Greed, Through The Squalls Of Hate..."
7. "A Song That Is Useful..."
Leonard Cohen in 1995: "A song that is useful, that touches somebody, must be measured by that utility alone"…— Kandice G (@MoonBellyDance) November 11, 2016
8. "When You Stop Thinking About Yourself..."
"When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you." Leonard Cohen https://t.co/auQtnm7Pzi— DrHGuy (@DrHGuy) April 9, 2016
9. "Until The Sea Shall Free Them..."
& when he knew for certain— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 11, 2016
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
10. And This Sage Advice
“Never make a decision when you need to pee.” Leonard Cohen— Leonard Cohen Fan (@FanDeCohen) November 11, 2016
Though fans will absolutely miss the legend, these quotes, along with his other music and writings, will live on forever. We can be thankful that we were offered his gift during his time on earth, and cherish what he has left us with.