Quotes of the 60s Generation
Words of expression during the 60s mean so much more now as we reflect back to the tranquil and at
times unrestful period we knew as the 60s.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier -- the frontier of the 1960s, a frontier of unknown
opportunities and perils, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. The new frontier of which I speak is not a
set of promises -- it is a set of challenges. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the
The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some
malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out. - Lance Morrow
We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles
were in the crow's nest of that ship. John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.
The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the
answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility. John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.
The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any. Author: Katharine Whitehorn Subject: Money
Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the
corners of our rooms. Author: Alan Corenk Subject: Television
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does
not stop until you get into the office. Author: Robert Frost Subject: Funny
Sports do not build character. They reveal it. Author: John Wooden Subject: Character
"I don't think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way. He just decided to exit when he
-- Eric Burdon
In 1968, in the midst of the tumultuous 1960s, the Olympics were much more than just another event.
"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law." Hubert Humphrey
'So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart
will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!' Peter Pan
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad Ali
What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No.5, of course. Marilyn Monroe
I'm not kidding myself. My voice alone is just an ordinary voice. What people come to see is how
I use it. If I stand still while I'm singing, I'm dead, man. I might as well go back to driving a truck.
Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do
'em all together, I guess. Elvis Presley
I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.
I ain't no saint, but I've tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God. I figure all any
kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that
feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world. Elvis Presley
We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to
put those men back to work. John F. Kennedy
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. John F.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." John F. Kennedy
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for
your country." John F. Kennedy
"My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it
till now." John F. Kennedy
"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the
process." John F. Kennedy
Hippies are so phoney and fake. George Harrison
The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades. Alice
Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind
of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. Spiro T Agnew
"In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Andy Warhol
"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." - Decca executive, 1962,
after turning down the Beatles.
"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam." -
Newsweek magazine, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.
"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big
slice of the US market." - Business Week, August 2, 1968
"But what [...] is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968,
commenting on the microchip.
The message may not move me,
Or mean a great deal to me,
But hey! it feels so groovy to say...
"I Did Rock & Roll Music" (1967)-- Peter, Paul & Mary
"Did you ever feel like the whole world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
-- comedian George Gobel on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1968
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther
King Speech in St. Louis March 22, 1964
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands
at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King
It was a wonderful time to be young. The 1960s didn't end until about 1976. We all believed in Make Love, Not
War. We were idealistic innocents, despite the drugs and sex. Margot
Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need
than our own." Harmon Killebrew
Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife
turning the pages. Barry M. Goldwater
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there
and take it. Lyndon B. Johnson
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon
would read: "President Can't Swim." Lyndon B. Johnson
Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things
about me from now on. Terrible things. Edward Kennedy
The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace. Nikita Khrushchev
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. General William
Westmoreland, during the war in Vietnam
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~Jimi Hendrix,
American Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter~
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend. ~Martin Luther King,
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~