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70 Inspirational Hippie Quotes about Life and Love

For over 40 years, our beloved hippies are the most easily recognizable characters of the American culture. But, what instantly comes to your mind when you hear the word hippie? Tie-dye, bandannas, Woodstock, weed, freedom, love, happiness?

There is no precise word that could describe a hippie soul. After all, a hippie soul that can be explained is not a hippie at all. Hippies have so many connotations to themselves. However, at the heart of it, they all speak the same language of laughter, love and peace.

70 Inspirational Hippie Quotes

Here are 70 inspirational hippie quotes about life and love. Although I cannot guarantee that these were all stated by a hippie, these quotes definitely portray a hippie’s belief.

1. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Meade

2. “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.” — John Lennon

3. “Love is a friendship set to music.” — Joseph Campbell

4. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce

5. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

6. “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.” — Bob Marley

7. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

8. “I have found that if you love, life will love you back.” — Unknown

9. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

10. “Life is short. Don’t waste it being sad. Be who you are, be happy, be free, be whatever you want to be.” — Unknown

11. “My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end, everything will end, right?” — Janis Joplin

12. “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.” — Unknown

13. “Love is all you need.” — The Beatles

14. “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.” — Bertrand Russell

15. “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.” — Charles Bukowski

16. “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” — Bob Marley

17. “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.” — Erica Jong

18. “You create your own reality.” — Seth

19. “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. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.” — Frederick E. Perl

20. “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.” — Timothy Leary

21. “If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed.” — Terence McKenna

22. “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.” — Woody Guthrie

23. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” — Oscar Wilde

24. “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

25. “If you want to be free, be free. Cause there are a million things to be.” — Cat Stevens

26. “A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take away from you.” — Ramsey Clark

27. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain

28. “If you smile at me I will understand because that is something everyone, everywhere does in the same language.” — Jefferson Airplane

29. “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

30. “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.” — John Lennon

31. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

32. “Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.” — Joseph Gallivan

33. “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. You have to go on & be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.” — Jimi Hendrix

34. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

35. “To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” — Bernadette Devlin

36. “How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?” — Bob Dylan

37. “Always trust those searching for The Truth, never those who have found it.” — Jordan Maxwell

38. “Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open.” — Jordan Maxwell

39. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

40. “Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.” — Carl Jung

41. “If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.” — Jimi Hendrix

42. “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.” — Oscar Wilde

43. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.” — Timothy Leary

44. “Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.” — Alan Wilson Watts

45. “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” — E. H.

46. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” — James Arthur Baldwin

47. “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.” — Jack Kerouac

48. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” — Bob Dylan

49. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldoux Huxley

50. “It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.” — Carl Jung

51. “All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.” — Jimi Hendrix

52. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve always imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

53. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau

54. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” — Eldridge Cleaver

55. “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” — Satchel Paige

56. “Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.” — Steppenwolf

57. “Be Here Now!” — Ram Dass

58. “The deepest Peace we will ever know is when we tenderly touch the heart and soul of another.” — Unknown

59. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” — Jim Morrison

60. “When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.” — Geroge Harrison

61. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix

62. “You’re either on the bus or off the bus.” — Ken Kesey

63. “He who takes a stand is often wrong, but he who fails to take a stand is always wrong.” — Anonymous

64. “We all want to change the world.” — The Beatles

65. “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.” — Bob Dylan

66. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

67. “War is over if you want it.” — John Lennon

68. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.” — John Lennon

69. “I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one. And I believe it could be. Someday it’s going to come.” — Cat Stevens

70. “Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity, this’ then when the hurdy-gurdy man comes singing songs of love.” — Donovan

Final Thoughts

A hippie soul is one that knows no rituals, boundaries or definitions. It is one that demands a constant urge to explore and subsequent searching of the soul, in order to live a life that is beyond any expectation.

It is one that lives every moment of life as though it always offers surprises that has to be shared, celebrated and enjoyed.