Sunday Quotes: Mary Travers

It is once again time for Quotable Sundays.  This week we lost a prized folk singer, Mary Travers.  Her voice will be sorely missed.  So in honor of her memory I am featuring her wise words this week.

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“If we are going to teach the world to stop hating the different, the other, then we’re going to have to start with children.”

“All of us are subject to being passive to the social ills around us. It’s a struggle not to become, by staying silent, an accomplice.”

“I was raised to believe that everybody has a responsibility to their community and I use the word very loosely. It’s a big community.”

“It is one thing to read about the world, but quite another to see and hear for oneself.”

“Looking out at this quarter of a million people,… I truly believed, at that moment, it was possible that human beings could join together to make a positive social change.”

“People say to us, ‘Oh, I grew up with your music,’ and we often say, sotto voce, ‘So did we.’”

“Singing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ all the places we’ve been, it takes on a different meaning everywhere. When you sing the line, ‘How many years can a people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?’ in a prison yard for political prisoners in El Salvador; if you have sung it to a group of union organizers, who have all been in jail, in South Korea; if you’ve sung to Jews in the Soviet Union who have been refused exit visas; if you’ve sung it with Bishop Tutu protesting apartheid, the song breathes, it lives, it has a contemporary currency.”

“We’ve always been involved with issues that deal with the fundamental human rights of people, whether that means the right to political freedom or the right to breathe air that’s clean.”

“We’ve learned that it will take more than one generation to bring about change. The fight for civil rights has developed into a broader concern for human rights, and that encompasses a great many people and countries. Those of us who live in a democracy have a responsibility to be the voice for those whose voices are stilled.”

RIP Mary.

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~ by After Silence on September 20, 2009.

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