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Summer in the Sixties

Sounding off about the Sixties: famous quotes from the era

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by their character."

Martin Luther King voicing his dream for racial harmony on 28 August 1963

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong as he took his first steps on the Moon, 21 July 1969

"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, 'Ich bin ein Berliner'."

US President John F Kennedy offering American solidarity to the citizens of West Germany on 26 June 1963

"Is it [Lady Chatterley's Lover] a book you would wish your wife or servants to read?"

Prosecution counsel Mervyn Griffith-Jones in the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial at the Old Bailey in 1960

"As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding... Like the Roman, I seem to see, 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'."

In April 1968 Conservative MP Enoch Powell provoked the nation with an anti-immigration speech. Edward Heath, Conservative Leader interpreted his speech as 'racialist' and sacked him from his shadow cabinet.

"Mrs Robinson, you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?"

Young college graduate Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) to middle-aged Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) in what became one of the most famous seduction scenes in film history, The Graduate (1967)

"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own... I am not a number. I am a free man."

The character Number 6 (played by Patrick McGoohan) in the cult TV show The Prisoner that started in 1967

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