27 Quotes by Jim Morrison

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Food for your soul

27 Quotes by Jim Morrison

During his short lifetime, Jim Morrison gave many interviews and recorded several parts of his poetry. His opinions or insights were often deep, philosophical and visionary and circled around the subjects of freedom and death. We’ve assembled 27 quotes, which is a symbolic number for his 27 years of life, that will give you food for the soul


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.


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


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


Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.


Do you know we are ruled by TV?


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


There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.


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


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.


Drugs are a bet with your mind.


I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom… Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.


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


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


Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it’s usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.


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


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


Being drunk is a good disguise. I drink so I can talk to assholes. This includes me.


Twentieth-century culture’s disease is the inability to feel their reality. People cluster to TV, soap operas, movies, theater, pop idols and they have wild emotion over symbols. But in the reality of their own lives, they’re emotionally dead.


People are terrified to be set free – they hold on to their chains. They fight anyone who tries to break those chains. It’s their security… How can they expect me or anyone else to set them free if they don’t really want to be free?


Blake said that the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the ‘windows of the soul.’ When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.


Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything—not just wealth. All the bullshit he’s been taught—all society’s brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren’t willing to do that.


Most people love you for who you pretend to be.


I wouldn’t mind dying in a plane crash. It’d be a good way to go. I don’t want to die in my sleep, or of old age, or OD… I want to feel what it’s like. I want to taste it, hear it, smell it. Death is only going to happen to you once; I don’t want to miss it


I wonder why people like to believe I’m high all the time. I guess . . . maybe they think someone else can take their trip for them.


I think, in these days, especially in the States, you have to be a politician or an assassin or something, to really be a superstar.


A lot of people like Mozart were prodigies; they were writing brilliant works at very young ages,That’s probably what’s going to happen: some brilliant kid will come along and be popular. I can see a lone artist with a lot of tapes and electrical … like an extension of the Moog synthesizer — a keyboard with the complexity and richness of a whole orchestra, y’know? There’s somebody out there, working in a basement, just inventing a whole new musical form


I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then — whoosh, and I’m gone… and they’ll never see anything like it ever again… and they won’t be able to forget me — ever.

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