Jim Morrison Quotes

James Douglas “Jim” Morrison, 1943 – 1971

Born: 8 December 1943, Melbourne, Florida
Died: 3 July 1971, Paris, France

Morrison’s father was in the US Navy, later becoming the youngest admiral in the fleet, so the family moved frequently. They were living at Albuquerque, New Mexico when his sister was born four years later, and at Los Altos, California the following year when his brother was born. Morrison started high shool at Alameda, graduated from George Washington High School across the country at Alexandria, Virginia in 1961. With no plans for college he moved in with his paternal grandparents at Clearwater, Florida and took classes at St Petersburg Junior College, transferred to Florida State University at Tallahassee, then set his sights on cinema and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Theater Arts. Living on the beach, often sleeping under the boardwalk at Venice, California, he met a classmate, Ray Manzarek, and they decided to start The Doors in 1965. Drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger were recruited and they were successful playing at clubs including the Fillmore East and the Whiskey a Go Go. The band’s name comes from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, his memoir of life with mescaline. The Doors signed with Elektra in 1967 and released their eponymous album, including the single “Light My Fire”, which hit #1. Morrison was the front man and primary lyricist for the first six albums, although Krieger wrote Light My Fire. Morrison was a voracious reader and had published two volumes of poetry, as well as having made two short films. On leave from the band in 1971, putatively to get over his drug and alcohol use, he was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. As there was no sign of foul play there was no autopsy, various accounts of his death suggest congestive heart failure, heroin overdose, and severe lung damage from asthma. Some reported that he was bloated in his last months, indicative of congestive heart problems, he was coughing up blood in the days before his death, and his common-law wife was a heavy heroin user, so a combination of all three seems likely. His tomb is reputed to be the fourth-most-visited site for tourists at Paris.

Jim Morrison quotes:

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
    Jim Morrison

A hero is someone who rebels, or seems to rebel, against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them.
    Jim Morrison

Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
    Jim Morrison

At first flash of Eden, We race down to the sea.
Standing there on Freedom’s shore.
Waiting for the sun.
    Jim Morrison

Between childhood, boyhood, adolescence and manhood there should be sharp lines drawn with tests, deaths, feats, rites, stories, songs, and judgments.
    Jim Morrison

Cinema has evolved in two paths. One is spectacle. Like the phantasmagoria, its goal is the creation of a total substitute sensory world. The other is peep show, which claims for its realm both the erotic and the untampered observance of real life, and imitates the keyhole or voyeur’s window without need of color, noise, grandeur.
    Jim Morrison

Cinema returns us to anima, religion of matter, which gives each thing its special divinity and sees gods in all things and beings. Cinema, heir of alchemy, last of an erotic science.
    Jim Morrison

Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws.
    Jim Morrison

Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
    Jim Morrison

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
    Jim Morrison

Few would defend a small view of Alchemy as “Mother of Chemistry”, and confuse its true goal with those external metal arts. Alchemy is an erotic science, involved in buried aspects of reality, aimed at purifying and transforming all being and matter. Not to suggest that material operations are ever abandoned. The adept holds to both the mystical and physical work.
    Jim Morrison

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
    Jim Morrison

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is.
    Jim Morrison

I am the lizard king. I can do anything.
    Jim Morrison

I believe in a long, prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown. Our pale reasoning hides the infinite from us.
    Jim Morrison

I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you’re doing something.
    Jim Morrison

I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
    Jim Morrison

I think I was just fed up with the image that had been created around me, which I sometimes consciously, most of the time unconsciously cooperated with. It just got too much for me to really stomach and so I put an end to it one glorious evening.
    Jim Morrison

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
    Jim Morrison

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
    Jim Morrison

I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just in between. I want the freedom to try everything.
    Jim Morrison

I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
    Jim Morrison

Let’s just say I was testing the bounds of society. I was just curious.
    Jim Morrison

Let’s reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages. Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests.
    Jim Morrison

Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
    Jim Morrison

Love cannot save you from your own fate.
    Jim Morrison

More or less, we’re all afflicted with the psychology of the voyeur. Not in a strictly clinical or criminal sense, but in our whole physical and emotional stance before the world. Whenever we seek to break this spell of passivity, our actions are cruel and awkward and generally obscene, like an invalid who has forgotten to walk.
    Jim Morrison

Music inflames temperament.
    Jim Morrison

No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.
    Jim Morrison

O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
    Jim Morrison

Objects as they exist in time the clear eye and camera give us. Not falsified by seeing.
    Jim Morrison

Out here on the perimeter there are no stars. Out here we is stoned. Immaculate.
    Jim Morrison

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
    Jim Morrison

People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
    Jim Morrison

Resident mockery
give us an hour for magic
    Jim Morrison

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
    Jim Morrison

The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
    Jim Morrison

The future’s uncertain and the end is always near
    Jim Morrison

The Lords have secret entrances and they know disguises. But they give themselves away in minor ways. Too much glint of light in the eye. A wrong gesture. Too long and curious a glance.
    Jim Morrison

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
    Jim Morrison

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
    Jim Morrison

The time to hesitate is through.
    Jim Morrison

They can picture love affairs of chemicals and stars, a romance of stones, or the fertility of fire. Strange, fertile correspondences the alchemists sensed in unlikely orders of being. Between men and planets, plants and gestures, words and weather.
    Jim Morrison

This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.
    Jim Morrison

Those first few songs I wrote, I was taking notes at a fantastic rock concert going on in my head.
    Jim Morrison

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
    Jim Morrison

We hide ourselves in our music to reveal ourselves.
    Jim Morrison

When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
    Jim Morrison

Where’s your will to be weird?
    Jim Morrison

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