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Song Lyrics Have No Place Here[edit]

Beethoven's musical scores don't belong on his quote page. The text of "Silence: A Fable" need not be reproduced on Poe's page. Song excerpts need not be snipped here. To add insult to injury, a song fragment rarely encapsulates the meaning of a song. You might've been shouting "Dude! Break on Through!" when you drank your first beer, but without the rest of the song, those words have no meaning beyond your personal nostalgia. Should we then paste the complete lyrics of every song written by Morrison? No. The Internet is full of sites catering to complete song lyrics.

if anyone knows what the quote : "when you make your peace with authority, you become authority" ,menas, please let me know :)

Personally, I'm quite interested in what the great Morrison had to say, and I find it difficult to find his sayings amidst these snippets of lyrics. To be blunt. this page reads like the scribbles from a high-schooler's binder. User:zxyyx

I have such a deep feeling about Jim Morrison which seems to only exceed when I learn more about him. I can't help my interest in the man who has literally had an impact on me.

Why does none of the top stuff mention the Doors or a search for The Doors lead nowhere near here? 22:51, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Mention of The Doors has now been added to the introduction, thanks for pointing out the omission. ~ Kalki 23:32, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Hey, some character named Kay-D has decided to tag some of these quotes. I don't know whether or not they made the quotes or they are just trying to remember which ones they wrote, but you should get rid of them. Also some people felt the need to write --Jim Morrison after quotes, just in case you forgot who wrote them. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 2 October 2006 at 17:33 (UTC)

I've removed the signatures from these quotes. - InvisibleSun 17:50, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

Most important, not yet understood[edit]

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

Source : "The Doors on PBS' Critique May 23, 1969".

"I'm 26 now. I'm getting more interested in Jazz to tell you the truth. I can't even listen to radio anymore. I like old Blues, Cats, and early rock & roll and some other things. But frankly I find most of it very boring...the major radio rock station they only play 30 songs over and over and over, 24 hours a day. And it's been proven that what you hear the most is what you like the most. So, there's really no choice involved...what everyone should say is "the media is the message" and "the message is Me !". That's the answer for everyone who's asking for an answer. The answer is for everyone to stand up and say "I am me". And be fully aware of that fact and let everyone else know it. "You are yourself" and express it !

Source : "Tony Thomas & Jim Morrison Interview Canadian Broadcasting Company. Doors Workshop, Los Angeles June 27, 1970".


  • A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.
  • What that book (Lords and New Creatures) is a lot about is the powerlessness that people have in the face of reality. They have no real control over events or their own lives. Something is controlling them. The closest they ever get is the television set.
  • 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.
  • Adolf Hitler is still alive — I slept with her last night. Come out from behind that false moustache, Adolf, I know you're in there!

(Box Set - Disc #3 : The Future Ain't What It Used To Be)

  • Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
  • We must not forget that the lizard and the snake are identified with the unconscious and with the forces of evil. There's something deep in human memory that responds strongly to snakes. Even if you've never seen one. I think that a snake just embodies everything that we fear.
  • I think there's a certain moment when you're right in time with your audience and then you both grow out of it, and you just have to realize that it's not that you have outgrown the audience, it's just that the audience and you both are too old for that. That has to go on something else, and let the younger people do that.
  • I enjoy drinking. It loosens people up and stimulates conversation. Somehow it's like gambling; you go out for a night of drinking, and you don't know where you'll end up the next morning. It could be good, it could be a disaster. It's a throw of the dice. The difference between suicide and slow capitulation.
  • I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
  • 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.
  • I offer images — I conjure memories of freedom that can still be reached — like the Doors, right? But we can only open the doors, we can't drag people through. I can't free them unless they want to be free. 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 that 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.
  • 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.
  • I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just... in between. I want the freedom to try everything.
  • 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 think there's a whole region of images and feelings inside us that rarely are given outlet in daily life. And when they do come out, they can take perverse forms. It's the dark side. Everyone, when he sees it, recognizes the same thing in himself. It's a recognition of forces that rarely see the light of day. The more civilized we get on the surface, the more the other forces make their plea.
  • If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
  • No more money, no more fancy dress, This other kingdom seems by far the best.
  • They claim everyone was born, but I don't recall it. Maybe I was having one of my blackouts.
  • Think of us as erotic politicians.
  • We are from the West. The world we suggest should be of a new wild West, a sensuous, evil world, strange and haunting. The path of the sun.
  • We're like actors, turned loose in this world to wander in search of a phantom, endlessly searching for a half-formed shadow of our lost reality. When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. It's a subtle kind of murder. The most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces.
  • Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
  • You are too young to be old...
  • It's The Doors, the name of the band is The Doors. (in response to a DJ announcing to the audience: "Please welcome Jim Morrison and the Doors!")
  • 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 experience.
  • Drugs are a bet with your mind.
  • Film spectators are quiet vampires.
  • 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.
  • Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.
  • I am the lizard king. I can do anything.

This is not unsourced; this is from The Celebration of the Lizard.

  • I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
  • I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
  • 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.
  • Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
  • Love cannot save you from your own fate.
  • Music inflames temperament.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
  • The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
  • Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.
  • We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
  • The first time I discovered and my mother and father, and my grandmother and grandfather, were driving through the desert at dawn. A truckload of Indians had either hit another car or something- there were Indians scattered all over the highway, bleeding to death. I was just a kid, so I had to stay in the car while my father and grandfather went to check it out. I didn't see nothing- all I saw was funny red paint and people lying around, but I knew something was happening, because I could dig the vibrations of the people around me, and all of a sudden I realized that they didn't know what was happening any more than I did. That was the first time I tasted fear...and I do think, at that moment, the souls of those dead Indians- maybe one or two of them-were just running around, freaking out, and just landed in my soul, and I was like a sponge, ready to sit there and absorb it.
  • The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first. You can take away a man's political freedom and you won't hurt him- unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him. That kind of freedom can't be granted. Nobody can win it for you.
  • Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
  • I think that more than writing and music, my greatest talent is that I have an instinctive knack of self-image propagation. I was very good at manipulating publicity with a few little phrases like 'erotic politicians'. Having grown up with TV and mass magazines, I knew instinctively what people would catch on to, so I dropped those little jewels here and there, seemingly very innocently; of course, I was just calling signals.
  • I like ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of established order. 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 towards freedom - external freedom is a way to bring about internal freedom.
  • Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: curiosity.
  • The future is uncertain and the end is always near.
  • Each day is a drive thru history.
  • There are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the Doors. [this is NOT a quote from William Blake]
  • Did you know freedom exists in a schoolbook?
  • Mankind still needs a savior such as you!
  • I think the highest and lowest points for a musician are the most important. Everything in between is well... in between.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, money beats soul every time, C'mon! (11/4/69 Takes 13-15)

Please note this quote is not unsourced; it is from the 40th Anniversary edition of the album Morrison Hotel, from the bonus track "Roadhouse Blues (11/5/69, Takes 13-15)".

  • Now listen here, I ain't talking 'bout no revolution and I' not talkin' about no demonstrations.
  • Anything you want, let's do it.