Quotation by Leonard Cohen

What is most original in a man's nature is often that which is most desperate. Thus new systems are forced on the world by men who simply cannot bear the pain of living with what is. Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique. If Hitler had been born in Nazi Germany he wouldn't have been content to enjoy the atmosphere.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. the narrator, in Beautiful Losers, p. 61 (1970, repr. 1972).
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