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Leonard Cohen Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Leonard Cohen

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Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

Related topics: Values

There is a crack in everything,
that's how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen

Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
- Leonard Cohen

A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were
an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
- Leonard Cohen

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I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young.
That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.
- Leonard Cohen

The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
- Leonard Cohen

The term clinical depression finds its way into too
many conversations these days.
One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
- Leonard Cohen


 

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.
- Leonard Cohen

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

In dreams the truth is learned that all good works
are done in the absence of a caress.
- Leonard Cohen

Prayer is translation.
A man translates himself into a child asking for all
there is in a language he has barely mastered.
- Leonard Cohen

Any startling 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.
- Leonard Cohen

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.
- Leonard Cohen

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.
- Leonard Cohen

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz PHOTO

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Honor True Self
Forgive with Compassion
Receive ALL of life with Thanksgiving
CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration
Dream with Powerful Vision
Act with Bold Courage
Dance with a Light Heart
Relax in the Arms of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Loving is the most unmitigated
and courageous act I perform in a day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know that happiness is created by the act
of expressing gratitude for all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Act with Bold Courage:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step -
large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A small compassionate act enlarges the scope of community.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know that the act of smiling makes both you and others happier.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

Love is an act of faith,
and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
- Erich Fromm

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Love is an act of faith.
- Erich Fromm

Yes! it takes courage to act upon your dreams.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
- William James

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Honor, Choose, Celebrate, Dream, Act, Relax
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Act with Bold Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To live a satisfying life requires two steps...
1. Plan your life goals.
2. Act on your plan - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

What is a miracle? To some, it is an act of God.
To others, something amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected.
To me, Life is a miracle.
Everything that happens is a miracle.
There is no reason for me to exist as I do -
no reason for humanity, the universe, or the laws of Nature.
Energy, mass, gravity and the rest of existence
are all so improbable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you want to know who you are?
Don't ask. Act!
Action will delineate and define you.
- Thomas Jefferson

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

It is an act of great Courage to forsake all Blame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.
- William James

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most
effective tool we have to repair the environmental
harm that is causing a species to decline.
- Norm Dicks

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate
act that should not be indulged in lightly.
- M. F. K. Fisher

I claim that human mind or human society
is not divided into watertight compartments
called social, political and religious.
All act and react upon one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Gardening is not a rational act.
- Margaret Atwood

The secret of getting things done is to act!
- Dante Alighieri

When you feel worried and depressed,
consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat
until the happy feeling becomes genuine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To be courageous is to act in the face of fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How we think shows through in how we act.
Attitudes are mirrors of the mind.
They reflect thinking.
- David Joseph Schwartz

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is
the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
- Pope Paul VI

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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