"We used to play music for fun. Much more than now. Now nobody picks up a guitar unless they're paid for it."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Leonard Cohen on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Leonard Cohen on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Leonard Cohen on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Leonard Cohen on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Leonard Cohen on Ray Charles
"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."
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."