Hippie Quotes and Sayings
Throughout history, every generation has spawned a subculture based on the events and primary philosophy of the
time. While each has had its own role in history and in the future, many would argue that none rivals that of the
1960’s Hippies. Deeply rooted in the belief that peace and freedom were paramount to mankind’s survival, this
generation quit literally changed the world, all while producing some of the most famous and thought provoking
quotes in history.
Hippy Peace Quotes
“I would say that I'm a nonviolent soldier. In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your
heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you...because no one has the right to take the life of
another human being.” -- Joan Baez
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the Hippie generation was the strong activism coupled with the call
for peace. It could be said that the loudest voices of this generation, from famous singer Joan Baez to Michael
Bowen, fought just as diligently as the military yet did so without bloodshed. With the onslaught of foreign wars
(Vietnam) and social battles (the Civil Rights Movement), the Hippie subculture pushed peace in the form of
protests, art, and music. And unlike other social movements in which most are “weekend warriors”, the Hippies were
characterized by their constant, 24-7 embodiment of this drive for world peace.
Hippy Freedom Sayings
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. ...You
give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” -- Jim Morrison
As with most subcultures, a large part of the Hippie movement was its deeply-rooted need to separate itself from
mainstream, business-as-usual government and social organizations. With the backdrop of wars and social uprisings,
the Hippie movement was just as much about peace as it was affording freedom to everyone. At the core of this idea
was getting rid of the notion that one has to “fit in”, and the belief that the majority of the people in the
government and corporate America were actually being untrue to themselves at the deepest level. Morrison said it
best when he described true freedom as being organically honest and true to one’s self, highlighting the idea that
playing a “role” in one’s daily life is akin to giving yourself away to the masses.
Best 60's Sayings
“The people who invented the twenty-first century were pot-smoking, sandal-wearing hippies from the West Coast
like Steve, because they saw differently. The hierarchical systems of the East Coast, England, Germany, and Japan
do not encourage this different thinking. The sixties produced an anarchic mind-set that is great for imagining a
world not yet in existence.”--Walter Isaacson
Hippies were, and still often are, mocked. They were labeled as miscreants, wastes of space, and social deviants
by just about anybody in power during the time and just about every individual in every subdivision across America.
And yet what many failed to realize during that time was the sheer imagination that was eruptingfrom this social
movement, and it gave way to one of the fastest advancements in technology in human history. While no one would
have thought it possible then, those same pot-smoking, free-love-giving hippies created the industry that we now
rely on today for everything from waking up in the morning to keeping in touch with friends and family.
From encouraging peace and love to striving to be true to oneself, the ideas and philosophies from the 60’s have
somehow managed to make their way into today’s mainstream culture in everything from jokes to how many people go
about their daily lives. Although toned down, the 1960’s Hippie philosophy is still alive and thriving today.