Frases de Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen

Fecha de nacimiento: 21. Septiembre 1934
Fecha de muerte: 7. Noviembre 2016

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Leonard Norman Cohen es un poeta, novelista y cantautor canadiense. Como músico ha desarrollado una carrera con una continua exploración de temas como la religión, la política, el aislamiento, las relaciones personales y la sexualidad, y ha sido definido por el crítico Bruce Eder como «uno de los cantantes y compositores más fascinantes y enigmáticos de finales de los 60». Cohen ha sido introducido en el Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll de los Estados Unidos y en el Salón de la Fama Musical de su país natal. Es miembro de la Orden de Canadá y de la Orden Nacional de Quebec. En 2011 fue galardonado con el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras.

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Frases Leonard Cohen

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„And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon. Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon. And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night: We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right. "Sisters of Mercy"

„Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love. Beautiful Losers (1966)

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„And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: And she shows you where to look Among the garbage and the flowers. There are heroes in the seaweed, There are children in the morning, They are leaning out for love, And they will lean that way forever, While Suzanne holds the mirror. "Suzanne"

„You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: You who build these altars now to sacrifice these children, you must not do it anymore. A scheme is not a vision and you never have been tempted by a demon or a god. "Story of Isaac"

„I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful. .... I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy. And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around. I don't consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin. … I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all. I've always been free from hope. It's never been one of my great solaces. I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful..... I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through. As quoted in "The Joking Troubadour of Gloom" in The Daily Telegraph (26 April 1993) http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/feb93.htm

„Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.“

—  Leonard Cohen
Context: Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river. You can hear the boats go by, You can spend the night beside her, And you know that she's half crazy But that's why you want to be there, And she feeds you tea and oranges That come all the way from China. And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you've always been her lover. And you want to travel with her, And you want to travel blind, And you know that she will trust you, For you've touched her perfect body with your mind. "Suzanne" - Isle of Wight performance (1970) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_56ep729TE - Live in London (2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snMOmHzgssk

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