Q: What keeps you from going under? Leonard Cohen: “Charity and mercy, I suppose. Where does mercy come from? The angels of mercy are other people.”

Interviewer: What keeps you from going under?

 

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Oh, I don’t know – charity and mercy, I suppose. Where does mercy come from? The angels of mercy are other people. That’s what it feels like to me. I mean, I have a good time, also.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin (Canadian Forum: August/September 1983)

This is an outstanding interview that makes for rewarding reading. It is saturated with significant Cohen quotations on performing concerts, Montreal, poetry, politics, songwriting, and housecleaning, all of which are available at the link.

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 Feb 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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