Often, people will think that hippies are all the same, that they wear baggy clothes, don’t wash, and love nature. However, those things should never define anyone, and a hippie is someone that happens to be spiritually free, creative, fun, and unique.
Hippies like to live on their own terms and play by their own rules, which does go against many societal norms. This can get them quite a lot of slack, but their willingness to stay to who they are is truly special. Being a hippie is all about being open with yourself and to others and embracing all of the good that life has to offer.
That is the message that each of the 100 quotes below tries to offer, the idea that once you are brave enough, you too can experience the same freedom that hippies do too. You don’t have to go and put on a tie-dye headband and t-shirt, but you can still apply many of the sayings to your own belief system.
Hippie Influences and Values
In terms of values, hippies are known to have strong and unwavering morals. Their beliefs are underpinned by both peace and love and they do not believe in war or fighting at all. Their belief in uniform civility can seem naïve, but they come from a good place.
In regard to influence, the hippie culture had a huge following in the 1960s and had an influence on music, television, fashion, and art. Ever since the 1960s, the hippie subculture has continued to grow and get even stronger. Even today, there is a range of small groups that look to uphold the original hippie traditions.
Now that we know a little about the hippie movement and why exactly the movement itself was, and is so popular, let’s take a look at the quotes:
1.”I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
2.”Nothing like being scolded by a hippie.”
3.”I’ve been called a career hippie. I like that, I like that a lot.”
4.”There is a secret hippie within me.”
5.”Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.”
6.”I’ve never been a hippie myself but I’m an honorary hippie.”
7.”The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes, and switchblades.”
8.”In my youth, the athletes had crew cuts and the hippies had long hair. Now the athletes have long hair and the hippies are bald.”
9.”It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.”
10.”You have to forget about what other people say when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.”
11.”You have to go on & be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”
12.”Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
13.”Nobody has ever told you that you are good as you are.”
14.”A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take away from you.”
15.”The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
16.”If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.”
17.”If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.”
18.”To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.”
19.”What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”
20.”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.”
21.”To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh.
22.”When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
23.”If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
24.”Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
25.”To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
-Joseph Chilton Pearce.
26.”All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.”
27.”Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open.”
28. “None but ourselves can free our minds.”
29.”An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
30.”Time you enjoy wasting was is wasted time.”
31.”Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.”
32.”There is enough for everyone. People think that there isn’t enough, so they get as much as they can, so many people don’t have enough.”
33.”When you find peace within yourself you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
34.”If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.”
35.”How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?”
36.”I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one. And I believe it could be someday it’s going to come.”
37.”If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.”
38.”You’re either on the bus or off the bus.”
39.”If you smile at me I will understand because that is something everyone, everywhere does in the same language.”
40.”When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”
41.”All we are saying is give peace a chance.”
42.”Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.”
43.”We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
44.”The world is ready for a mystic revolution, a discovery of the God in each of us.”
45.”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.”
46.”I believe true happiness is derived from helping others and spreading love.”
47.”One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
48.”I love the title of ‘hippy’ because it means someone who is thinking cosmic and futuristic.”
49.”Accept yourself as you are. And that is the most difficult thing in the world.”
50.”Nobody living can make me turn back. This land was made for you and me.”
51.”You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
52.”You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”
-Robert A. Heinlein.
53.”The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
54.”The hippie era was a wonderful time because we still believed we could make the world a better place.”
55.”Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity, this’ then when the hurdy-gurdy man comes singing songs of love.”
56.”Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes.”
57.”Always trust those searching for The Truth, never those who have found it.”
58.”We all sang the songs of peace.”
59.”To get the hippie out of certain characters is probably the most difficult thing for me. I was not a hippie by choice but by birth.”
60.”I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”
61.”I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine.”
-Frederick E. Perl.
62.”I’d rather wear flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck. I don’t want to earn a living I want to live.”
63.”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
64.”Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
65.”Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.”
66.”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
67.”Let him step to the music he hears, however, measured or far away.”
-Henry David Thoreau.
68.”Nobody living can ever stop me. As I go walking my freedom highway.”
69.”As with most revolutions, the counterculture’s call for total freedom quickly turned into a demand for total control.”
70.”Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”
71.”And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
72.”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.”
73.”The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good when you are near or with them.”
74.”Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.”
75.”With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
76.”If you want to be free, be free. Cause there are a million things to be.”
77.”Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
-Robert A. Heinlein.
78.”Love is a friendship set to music.”
79.”Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.”
-Alan Wilson Watts.
80.”If someone thinks love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the ‘60s, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”
81.”Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
-James Arthur Baldwin.
82.”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.”
83.”Love is all you need.”
84.”Sharing unconditional love is the best high you can experience.”
85.”When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
86.”Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.”
87.”To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
88.”No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”
89.”The thing that gave me tremendous pain psychologically, is man’s disrespect for nature.”
90.”Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.”
91.”To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
92.”My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end, everything will end, right?”
93.”War is over if you want it.”
94.”If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.”
95.”Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
96.”We all want to change the world.”
97.”Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
98.”Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve always imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau.
99.”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.”
100.”In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”