The embodiment of youth in the 1960s, the hippie subculture proved to be one of the most influential and proactive groups in American history, culminating at Woodstock. Shaping the face of music, culture, and politics in the 1960s and beyond, their wave of protest and fresh ideas has become a standard for youth all over the world. Producing some of the most famous quotes pertaining to peace and music, hippie quotes are forever ingrained in the lexicon of peace, youth, and revolt. Here is a collection of the best hippie quotes ever documented.
Hippie Quotes, Sayings, and Phrases
Hippie Quotes on Music
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first- rock and roll or Christianity.
Do you believe in rock ‘n roll? Can music save your mortal soul?
Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity, tis’ then when the hurdy gurdy man comes singing songs of love.
Do you believe in magic? Believe in the magic of a young girl’s soul? Believe in the magic of rock ‘n roll? Believe in the magic that can set you free?
-The Lovin’ Spoonful
The New York State Freeway’s closed, man. Far out!
Good morning! What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.
-Wavy Gravy at Woodstock
Let the sound take you away…
There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like getting high
We all sang the songs of peace
We all got up to dance. Oh, but we never got the chance!
You know what rock musicians are? They are hung up, neurotic, over-weight hippies with sex problems.
-David Lee Roth
Love is a friendship set to music.
Hippies on Activism
Hippie Activism Quotes
There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
He who takes a stand is often wrong, but he who fails to take a stand is always wrong.
They won’t give peace a chance, that’s just a dream some of us had
Hell no, we won’t go!
If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.
Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.
Mother, should I trust the government?
We all want to change the world.
Hippie Quotes on Philosophy
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
You’re either on the bus or off the bus.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.
-William S. Burroughs
When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.
Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.
Hippy is an establishment label for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.
All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.
Hippies and Life
Hippie Quotes on Life
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
His hair has the long jesuschrist look. He is wearing the costume clothes. But most of all, he now has a very tolerant and therefore withering attitude toward all those who are still struggling in the old activist political ways…while he, with the help of psychedelic chemicals, is exploring the infinite regions of human consciousness.
Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open.
Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.
-Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
If you can remember the ’60s, then you weren’t there.
One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall.
My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.
I get by with a little help from my friends, get high with a little help from my friends.
Hippies on Love
Hippie Quotes About Love
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Make Love, Not War
Love is all you need.
I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.
Make Love, Not War
I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not tin this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
-Frederick E. Perl
Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it”
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.
Made up my mind to make a new start. Going to California with an aching in my heart. Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Carry on, love is coming. Love is coming to us all.
Hippies on Freedom
Hippie Quotes on Freedom
War is over, if you want it.
If you want to be free, be free, because there’s a million things to be.
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.
Got to get back to the land and set my soul free.
Nobody living can ever stop me. As I go walking my freedom highway. Nobody living can make me turn back. This land was made for you and me.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Paranoia strikes deep into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve always imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau
We can change the world, rearrange the world. It’s dying – if you believe in justice. It’s Dying – if you believe in freedom. It’s Dying – let a man live his own life. It’s Dying – rules and regulations, who needs them! Open up the door.
-Crosby, Stills & Nash