I think marriage is the hottest furnace of the spirit today. Much more difficult than solitude, much more challenging for people who want to work on themselves. It’s a situation in which there are no alibis, excruciating most of the time… but it’s only in this situation that any kind of work can be done.

Source:'Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker's Trade' by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy! (March 1975)
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