"I think the term poet is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he's written poetry then let the verdict be that he's a poet."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Leonard Cohen on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Leonard Cohen on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Leonard Cohen on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Leonard Cohen on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Leonard Cohen on Robert Frost
"In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress."
"To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself."
"Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true."
"Music is the emotional life of most people."
"We used to play music for fun. Much more than now. Now nobody picks up a guitar unless they're paid for it."