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My parents had been involved in the labor movement;
by Holly Near

My parents had been involved in the labor movement;
if we'd grown up in the city,
we would have been red-diaper babies.
- Holly Near

I'm not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture.
- Holly Near

You just keep feeding hogwash to people,
and pretty soon they'll eat it.
- Holly Near

People love to hear the mistakes you've made.
- Holly Near

 

The women's movement completely changed attitudes all
over the world in ways we'll never be able to count.
- Holly Near

Once women are not excluded, I don't think any of us
will give a damn what pronouns are used.
That wasn't the point.
- Holly Near

When the students were killed at Kent State,
the cast voted to do a demonstration from the stage,
and I abstained.
- Holly Near

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To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity
that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain.
- Holly Near

If I didn't think and feel the way I think and feel,
I couldn't sing the way I sing.
And I like singing the way I sing.
- Holly Near

You can't just leave out one part; the bread won't
rise if the yeast isn't there.
- Holly Near

Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked,
being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt.
- Holly Near

Music can be used against us as much as it can be used for us.
Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep,
whereas a lullaby is intended to put a child to sleep in a sweet way.
- Holly Near

It is essential that men start being interested in
and excited by how women think.
- Holly Near

We who are interested in relative truth have to keep
digging for it and not let ourselves be sucked under.
- Holly Near

Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is
the expression of what we think.
- Holly Near

I don't believe in nirvana.
If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter,
this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it.
- Holly Near

White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people.
- Holly Near

Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward.
It has great force behind it.
It makes for great storytelling.
- Holly Near

My creativity and my political work are linked.
I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility.
- Holly Near

To come to a concert and hear a lot of songs from a
female perspective should not make men say,
'Oh well, that's for women'.
- Holly Near

The war on drugs is a war against the communities.
- Holly Near

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show
that killing people is wrong?
- Holly Near

If you have the guts to keep making mistakes,
your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.
- Holly Near

My parents encouraged thought.
You'll get through life better if you learn how to think.
- Holly Near

I like this life.
I like it when it's hard, and I like it better when it's not,
but I know you don't get the sweet part without the bitter.
- Holly Near

When we make mistakes, say, I'm blessed that I have
an opportunity to learn from this.
- Holly Near

Part of keeping space open is not to try to choose a form -
to spend more time thinking about content,
and let form take care of itself.
- Holly Near

To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner
with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner.
- Holly Near

When an audience comes to one of my concerts,
I hope they'll see themselves, somewhere,
in one of the songs.
- Holly Near

A lot of artists say, I'm not political.
People are afraid of this word.
- Holly Near

It's been important to me to be a good activist,
a good thinker, a good musician, a good singer,
and a good entertainer.
You can't do it all, but I have walked those delicate
lines as best I know how.
- Holly Near

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

Parents are not interested in justice,
they're interested in peace and quiet.
- Bill Cosby

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to
help parents to bring up children healthy and happy,
to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
- Benjamin Spock

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but
the parents have to do the steering.
- Benjamin Spock

Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking.
A child is more likely to smoke when they have been
raised in the environment of a smoker.
- Christy Turlington

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The car trip can draw the family together,
as it was in the days before television when parents
and children actually talked to each other.
- Andrew H. Malcolm

Parents need all the help they can get.
The strongest as well as the most fragile family requires
a vital network of social supports.
- Bernice Weissbourd

Most children threaten at times to run away from home.
This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
- Phyllis Diller

It was seldom that I attended any religious meetings,
as my parents had not much faith in and were never
so unfortunate as to unite themselves with any of the religious sects.
- Orson Pratt

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.
- Andy Partridge

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
- Laurence J. Peter

My parents would always say, 'It doesnt' matter if
it's a guy picking up the garbage or the President of the United States,
treat everybody as you would want to be treated.
- Dan Marino

The most important thing that parents can teach their
children is how to get along without them.
- Frank Howard Clark

Soon after I was born, my parents moved to the South Florida area,
and I've lived here ever since (with a few years of
living in both Portugal and Brazil in my younger days).
- Joe Tex

My parents just neglected me, I wasn't abused or anything.
- Andy Dick

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory;
children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- George Santayana

My parents moved back to New York from Florida when
I was in the ninth grade.
- Sanford I. Weill

Cameras in classrooms are no substitute for greater
authority by parents and teachers.
- Paul Weyrich

My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties.
They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people.
All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment.
- Ben Stiller

It's up to each person's parents whether they think
it's too frightening or too violent,
how much their kids can handle, what they want to teach them,
what they want to show them.
- Gina Philips

Some twins feel like they need to compare themselves to each other,
but we're not that way.
That's because of my parents, though,
and having six kids in the family.
- Ashley Olsen

In Europe the parents are included as with children.
All three generations are together.
I'm thinking of Italy.
You go out on a Sunday afternoon and the whole family is there.
- Dana Delany

Being Latin parents makes us extremely expressive with our affections.
- Gloria Estefan

The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching.
- Gilbert Highet

When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage -
he shot both his parents and moved in.
- Bob Hope

That children shall be compelled to receive religious
instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents,
is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest.
- Charles Tupper


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