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Holly Near
June 6, 1949 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


The war on drugs is a war against the communities.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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