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47 Boho Quotes For All the Free-Spirited Souls

Dayna Remus
Dec 16, 2022
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When we hear the word 'Boho,' we think of flowing and flowery skirts, head bandanas, and lots of jewelry. While Bohemian fashion has become trendy over the last few years, there is much more to the way of life than floral prints and lacey dresses. Read the 47 quotes below to dig deeper into this historical philosophy.

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Bohemianism is challenging to pin down. However, it can be described as a way of living or a mindset that goes against most Western societies' materialistic and stifling nature. Along with his comes forms of living akin to gypsies and clothes similar to their aesthetic.

The Bohemian lifestyle brings with it art, music, poetry, and living outside society with no or almost no constraints placed on them by the usual way of living, sometimes even including money. Read the 47 quotes below to learn more about the poets, philosophers, and many other mavericks who embraced or are embracing the boho way of life.

 Friedrich Nietzsche's quote: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." | Image: AmoDays

Friedrich Nietzsche's quote: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." | Image: AmoDays

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Quotes on Boho Fashion and Aesthetics

"Eclectic yet classic with a playful bohemian twist is how I'd describe my style." — Alice Temperley

"I like kind of the rugged bohemian kind of look." — Claudia Kim

"I make body chains that come from the neck, cross in the middle of your chest, then go around your waist. I mix them with feathers for a gypsy, bohemian style." — Sofia Boutella

"Long hair is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket." — Marge Piercy

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"I really like the bohemian look, and I'm a great fan of mixing vintage and modern." — Kierston Wareing

Claudia Kim's quote: "I like kind of the rugged bohemian kind of look." | Image: AmoDays

Claudia Kim's quote: "I like kind of the rugged bohemian kind of look." | Image: AmoDays

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"The Gucci woman can be the equestrian woman, the woman in the suit, the woman in the flowy bohemian dress, or the couture woman." — Blake Lively

Quotes on Boho Lifestyle and Philosophy

"Comfort and security are all well and good, but not at the cost of liberty, love, and lustiness. The Bohemian knows that money, property, and status have little to do with the content of one's character and that professional success and widespread celebration have little to do with talent. Of value to the Bohemian is spiritual integrity and creative freedom. The Bohemian would sooner live in poverty than submit to an undesirable job." ― Robert Wringham

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"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun." ― Katherine Hepburn

"All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel." ― Jimi Hendrix

Gloria Whelan’s quote: "They were all brilliant. They wrote books and painted pictures, and if they ever stopped talking, which I was sure they would never do, they planned to change the world." | Image: AmoDays

Gloria Whelan’s quote: "They were all brilliant. They wrote books and painted pictures, and if they ever stopped talking, which I was sure they would never do, they planned to change the world." | Image: AmoDays

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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined." ― Henry David Thoreau

"Choose only one masternature." ― Rembrandt

"I don't lead a particularly Bohemian existence. The main criterion for me is not to be judgemental of other people so long as what they do is not harmful or offensive to others." ― Nick Clegg

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!'" ― Hunter S. Thompson

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"The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous, and absolutely liberating." ― Aaron Lauritsen

  Arthur Ransome’s quote: "Bohemia can be anywhere because it is not a place but a state of mind." | Image: AmoDays

Arthur Ransome’s quote: "Bohemia can be anywhere because it is not a place but a state of mind." | Image: AmoDays

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"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." — Jack Kerouac

"Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain!" ― Louis Tomlinson

"Sometimes, when we cannot attain the freedom we are fighting for, we free ourselves by carving a new path to freedom." ― Christina Westover

"They were all brilliant. They wrote books and painted pictures, and if they ever stopped talking, which I was sure they would never do, they planned to change the world." ― Gloria Whelan

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"It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on." Jack Kerouac

 Jack Kerouac's quote: "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." | Image: AmoDays

Jack Kerouac's quote: "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." | Image: AmoDays

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"Bohemia can be anywhere because it is not a place but a state of mind." — Arthur Ransome

"There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow." ― Aaron Lauritsen

Quotes about Living the Boho Life

"When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars." — Eddie Redmayne

"All the time, I've felt that life is a wager and that I probably was getting more out of leading a bohemian existence as a writer than I would have if I didn't." — Christopher Hitchens

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"I was always with a single mom, and we never had schedules or anything. We were just Bohemian, us against the world, which was kind of great, but it certainly didn't breed security. I've gotten hyper-sensitive to schedules and bath time, and eating at the dinner table. We don't just 'Bohemian' go out at nine o'clock and go get Chinese food." — Brooke Shields

Eddie Redmayne's quote: "When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars." | Image: AmoDays

Eddie Redmayne's quote: "When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars." | Image: AmoDays

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"I realized the bohemian life was not for me. I would look around at my friends, living like starving artists, and wonder, 'Where's the art?' They weren't doing anything." — P. J. O'Rourke

"I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a Bohemian." — Bridgitte Bardot

Poetic Boho Quotes

"She was born to be free, let her run wild in her own way, and you will never lose her." ― Nikki Rowe

"Love is a Bohemian child... it has never, never known a law." ― Catherine Meurisse

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"At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough." ― Toni Morrison

Ana Claudia Antunes: "A Bohemian life, filled with poetry, it cuts like a knife, without coquetry!" | Image: AmoDays

Ana Claudia Antunes: "A Bohemian life, filled with poetry, it cuts like a knife, without coquetry!" | Image: AmoDays

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"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." ― Henry David Thoreau

"When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose." — Bob Dylan

"She's a dark-eyed, red flame, Bohemian hurricane." ― Melody Lee

"To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour." ― William Blake

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

 Bob Dylan's quote: "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose." | Image: AmoDays

Bob Dylan's quote: "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose." | Image: AmoDays

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"I am a wild woman. It would take a warrior to tame my spirit." ― Nikki Rowe

"A Bohemian life, filled with poetry, it cuts like a knife, without coquetry!" — Ana Claudia Antunes

"If you want to be free, be free. Cause there's a million things to be." ― Cat Steven

Quotes on It's the Boho Life for Me

"As a kid, I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling." — Peter Wright

"I am inspired by the appearance of a Bohemian of the new millennium." — John Malkovich

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Peter Wright’s quote: "As a kid, I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling." | Image: AmoDays

Peter Wright’s quote: "As a kid, I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling." | Image: AmoDays

"My mother was a Bohemian—in the good sense of the word. A searcher. And she investigated various religions." — Madeline Kahn

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"I used to be frustrated about being called Bohemian, but I don't really care now. If that's what you are, you should celebrate it." — Alice Temperley

"I was not a collective person or a Bohemian; I was an elitist." — Elia Kazan

"Art can help a town by attracting a certain Bohemian population that adds life to the bars, character to the streets, and a buzz to the name. Employers may then follow. But art can't do much if every town does it. There aren't enough Bohemians." — Evan Davis

Bridgitte Bardot's quote: "I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian." | Image: AmoDays

Bridgitte Bardot's quote: "I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian." | Image: AmoDays

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"We are all a little bit hippy, a little Bohemian. We take that from the culture we knew, from the '70s and the '80s." — Nicolas Maduro

"Rapunzel is a bit more relatable than the other princesses, especially because she doesn't even know that she's a princess until the very end of the movie. I like to think of her as the Bohemian Disney princess. She's barefoot and living in a tower. She paints and reads... She's a Renaissance woman." — Mandy Moore

"Maclintick's calculatedly humdrum appearance, although shabby, seemed aimed at concealing Bohemian affiliations." ― Anthony Powe

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Nicolas Maduro's quote: "We are all a little bit hippy, a little bohemian. We take that from the culture we knew, from the '70s and the '80s." | Image: AmoDays

Nicolas Maduro's quote: "We are all a little bit hippy, a little bohemian. We take that from the culture we knew, from the '70s and the '80s." | Image: AmoDays

As younger generations become increasingly frustrated with society, many appear to be moving towards bohemian ways of living or at least embracing its fashion. Van life, cottage core, and particular home decor and clothes are all examples of this.

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However, these come with many criticisms, with some saying only the privileged could live these certain lifestyles. On top of this, many claims those who embrace the aesthetic are only using it on shallow terms or appropriating gypsy culture.

Whichever perspective you take, one must admit there is a certain beauty in how these individuals live and view life. Learn to look at the world through their lenses by reading these 56 magic quotes to believe in the beauty of everyday life.

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