25 Memorable Quotes from the 70’s

Feel the nostalgia creep up into your mind with these quotes from the 70’s. 

The 1970s was a decade that spawned change all across the world. 

Learn more with our 1970s quotes below. 

What is significant about the 1970’s?

Many events with global implications occurred during the 1970s. 

Check out these significant events from the seventies below:

  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • The Roe v. Wade decision
  • The first female Prime Minster of the U.K

These milestones listed above were just the tip of the iceberg regarding transformative events that occurred during the 1970s. 

The seventies introduced the world to three different musical genres that would grow to become the new soundtracks of our world. 

Disco, Punk, and Hip Hop music all took major strides as popular genres in the 1970s, with each developing national and international status. 

While the 1970s saw the end of the Civil Rights Movement, it saw the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement.

What was the impact of The Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970’s

Riding the wave of feminism and equality, the seventies also gave us the landmark court decision of Roe v. Wade which protected reproductive rights. 

Sports fans undoubtedly remember the battle of the sexes matches in professional tennis. 

During the Battle of the Sexes series, professional matches were held with some of the best tennis players in the world. 

In an internationally televised match, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs, changing many people’s beliefs that a woman could not defeat a man in professional sports. 

We also had the Watergate scandal occur during the 1970s. 

What was the world of politics like in the 1970s?

The Watergate scandal was a decisive moment in U.S. history that shifted many people’s beliefs and trust in their government. 

Watching a sitting president resign due to unethical or criminal behavior was difficult for many people. 

The United States was not the only place experiencing political and cultural upheaval during the 1970s. 

The seventies gave birth to the first female Prime Minister in the U.K. 

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We have seen a number of Prime Ministers and heads of state who are women since then. 

Alas, while Kamala Harris has made it to the office of Vice President, the United States has yet to elect its first female President.

The United States ended its offensive in Vietnam, bringing its troops home and ending the Vietnam War. 

To learn more, check out our 1970s quotes below. 

Short Quotes from the 70’s about a memorable decade

The 1970s had some cool memories, and these quotes take us back. 

1. “Before the 1970s, banks were banks.” Noam Chomsky 

2. “I think the 1970s will always be the decade for me.” — Tom Ford 

3. “It was the early 1970s, and I was recently divorced.” — William Shatner 

4. “Frankly, it is very hard to remember things from the 1970s.” — Glen Campbell

5. “I wish I had been born 20 years earlier, so I could have been in the movie business in the 1970s.” — Johan Renck 

The best quotes from the 70’s classic movies 

These 1970s movie quotes all stood the test of time. 

6.  “Kiss my hot lips.” — Margarat Hot Lips Houlihan, M*A*S*H 

7. “I was cured, all right.” — Alex Delarge, A Clockwork Orange 

8. “Today is a good day to die.” — Old Lodge Skins, Little Big Man 

9. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Jennifer Cavalleri, Love Story 

10. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” — Harry Callahan, Dirty Harry 

Famous quotes from the 70’s about music, high school, and disco style

These quotes cover all of the coolest things people remember about the 1970s. 

11. “In the 1970s, for all the Stevie Wonders, I’m sure there were five artists that were making forgettable music.” John Legend 

12. “I went to high school in the late 1970s, Disco was in full swing, and anyone who was into it dressed the part. I know I did.” — Paul Feig 

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13. “It was all so silly, wearing a crown and banner when it was the 1970s and women’s liberation was everywhere. That was quite a stigma to overcome. Lynda Carter 

14. “I grew up in the 1970s, but I don’t think a whole lot had changed from the ’60s. Oh, it had changed in the law books – but not in the kitchens of white homes.” — Kathryn Stockett 

15. “The ‘interactive fiction’ format hasn’t changed in any fundamental way since the early 1970s, in the same way that the format of the novel hasn’t since 1700.” — Graham Nelson

The top 70s quotes from the songs that fueled the decade

Here are some really cool quotes from some of the most memorable songs of the 1970s. 

16. “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” — Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee

17. “Oh, it’s such a perfect day. I’m glad I spent it with you.” — Lou Reed, Perfect Day

18. “Anyway the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me.” — Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody

19. “Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way.” — Paul Simon, Bridge Over Troubled Water

20. “It’s easy to get buried in the past when you try to make a good thing last.” — Neil Young, Ambulance Blues

1970s quotes and sayings about the children of the seventies

These quotes come from people who grew up during the 1970s. 

21. “Once I started working with generative music in the 1970s, I was flirting with ideas of making a kind of endless music – not like a record that you’d put on, which would play for a while and finish.” — Brian Eno 

22. “My first wife was a brunette, and Barbi Benton, my major romantic relationship of the early 1970s, was a brunette. But since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonds.” Hugh Hefner 

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23. “I think ‘Saturday Night Live,’ starting in the 1970s, really gave women an outlet to be funny. A lot of those women went on to have film careers, from Kristen Wiig now to Tina Fey and Gilda Radner.” — Emma Stone 

24. “As a child of the 1970s, I couldn’t hold a narrative in my head; I was lucky if I could hold a joke in my head because every time you turn on television or radio, it wipes the slate clean at least in my case.”Chuck Palahniuk

25. “First, I’d become an avid reader of blogs, especially music blogs, and they seemed to be where the critical-thinking action was at, to have the kind of energy that I associate with rock writing of the 1970s or Internet e-mail discussion lists a decade ago.” — Carl Wilson 

How did the 1970s influence our world today?

Ironically, many parallels from the 1970s draw comparisons to now. 

The United States is dealing with an indictment of a former president, similar to Nixon-era conditions. 

The Vietnam War resulted in the deaths of millions of people. 

Today we have wars raging across the planet, with a major focus on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. 

We are experiencing another gender revolution as the world contends with allowing people of all genders to have an equal voice and place in society. 

The Roe v. Wade decision was revered by the Supreme Court, severely limiting reproductive rights and endangering the lives of women across the country. 

In the world of sports, we are working through how the gender revolution impacts athletics and competition. 

Schools are determining how to ensure inclusive athletics practices in athletic competitions while ensuring fair competition between students. 

We have much in common with the 1970s in our present.

Hopefully, we will learn from the past decades and make the most of what we have now. 

Do you have favorite quotes from the 70’s?

Please be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Clifton Sankofa has Master's degrees in English, Teaching, and School Leadership. He is a veteran educator and school leader. Clifton has built his career around teaching language arts, social-emotional learning, hip-hop(e), and vegan cooking. Across the country, Black and Brown communities die over preventable diseases. Clifton's aim is to help reverse this trend through cultural shifts. Using hip-hop and cultural-centered activities, he educates young people on how to reclaim their health and heritage through sustainable vegan eating, cooking practices, and literacy skills.
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