You become what you oppose. I never wanted to have children; now I have children. I never wanted to have my own house; now I have my own house. What you do not want, you get, if you do not want it strong enough. [Pause] Also the things you want, you get.
From Leonard Cohen – All Culture Is Nail Polish by Bert van de Kamp, OOR magazine No.21, October 23, 1974. [Via Google Translate]. Thanks to Gordana Stupar, who alerted me to this article. Photo property of John Miller.
Note: Leonard Cohen’s remarkably straightforward attestation that he had no desire for children only emphasizes his exemplary behavior regarding his son and daughter. See “I believe that in a certain way, having children is the only activity that connects you to mankind” Leonard Cohen As A Father
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 28, 2018.