Quotes That Capture the Unique Essence of the Baby Boomer Generation

The Baby Boomer generation grew up in an incredibly important and dynamic time in American history.

The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and moon landing were all life-changing events for the boomer generation. Among all of these political and social changes, was a deeply spiritual and energetic collective voice of artists, musicians and writers. Baby boomers grew up listening to Elvis, Ray Charles, and The Beach Boys.

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Baby boomers were the teenagers that attended Woodstock, who were motivated by social change, the ones who created an entirely new cultural vision for the United States. The spirit of this generation is reflected deeply in the artists they grew up admiring. Here is a look back to some quotes that perfectly capture the passionate attitude of their time:

  • “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”  Maya Angelou

  • “I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view. ” Allen Ginsberg

  • “I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” Elvis Presley

  • “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X Malcolm X

  • “The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.”  Billy Joel

  • “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” Bob Dylan

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The artists that inspired the Baby Boomers as adolescents continue to be role-models for the following generations. The artists, musicians, and writers of the 1950’s and 60’s established a cultural identity for the United States that empowers and motivates its citizens. As a culture, we continue to strive to be radically open-minded, socially just, and free-spirited.