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Book of Longing

Leonard Cohen

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I don't remember lighting this cigarette and I don't remember if I'm here alone or waiting for someone.”

“... i didn't fall in love of course it's never up to you but she was walking back and forth and i was passing through”

“first of all nothing will happen and a little later nothing will happen again”

“How bitter were the Prozac pills of the last few hundred mornings”

“My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn't write What the night pencilled in”

“The sweetest little song: You go your way I'll go your way too!”

“You should go from place to place recovering the poems that have been written for you to which you can affix your signature. Don't discuss these matters with anyone. Retrieve. Retrieve. When the basket is full someone will appear to whom you can present it.”

“DEAR DI­ARY You are greater than the Bible And the Con­fer­ence of the Birds And the Up­an­ishads All put to­geth­er You are more se­vere Than the Scrip­tures And Ham­mura­bi’s Code More dan­ger­ous than Luther’s pa­per Nailed to the Cathe­dral door You are sweet­er Than the Song of Songs Might­ier by far Than the Epic of Gil­gamesh And braver Than the Sagas of Ice­land I bow my head in grat­itude To the ones who give their lives To keep the se­cret The dai­ly se­cret Un­der lock and key Dear Di­ary I mean no dis­re­spect But you are more sub­lime Than any Sa­cred Text Some­times just a list Of my events Is holi­er than the Bill of Rights And more in­tense”

“I know she is coming I know she will look And that is the longing And this is the book.”

“Stunned and still not suffering. Swollen with care and anxiety and still not suffering. Useless, old and full of grief, but still not suffering.”

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