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50 Jim Morrison Quotes That Open ‘The Doors’ to His Mind

Our collection of Jim Morrison quotes to inspire you to fight for your dreams and live your best life.

Who would have thought that an Aldous Huxley novel, The Doors of Perception, would have been the inspiration for one of the most iconic 60s/70s bands?

Jim Morrison, who had recently graduated from UCLA, along with classmate Ray Manzarek, were the first two members of ‘The Doors.’ Ray had been a fan of Jim’s poetry for a while and mentioned that he thought they were “rock star material.”

If you are a fan of the band, then you might know that Morrison’s lyrics are dark. If you are wondering how Jim Morrison drew inspiration for these quotes, then keep reading. 

Morrison’s father was in the Navy, so they moved around a lot when he was younger. In Morrison’s biography, he recalls an incident that happened when he was four. He recalls witnessing a car accident that left several Native Americans bloody and strewn across the street.

In that same book, his family recalls seeing an accident that involved some Native Americans, but they were standing on the road. Morrison said that this event was the “the most formative event of his life” and sang about it in several songs.

These Jim Morrison quotes, and song lyrics, talk a lot about death, fear, and general life lessons.

Don’t forget to also check out these Jimi Hendrix quotes on peace, music and love.

Jim Morrison quotes about life and lessons

1. “The future is uncertain, but the end is always near.” — Jim Morrison

2. “It may have been in pieces, but I gave you the best of me.” — Jim Morrison

3. “I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just…in between.” — Jim Morrison

4. “No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.” — Jim Morrison

5. “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” — Jim Morrison

6. “A man searching for paradise lost can seem a fool to those who never sought the other world.” — Jim Morrison

7. “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.” — Jim Morrison

8. “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

9. “Man, I’m sick of doubt.” — Jim Morrison

10. “Once you make peace with authority, you become an authority.” — Jim Morrison

11. “Nobody would stay interested in me if I was normal.” — Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison quotes about fear and feelings

12. “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

13. “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” — Jim Morrison

14. “I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.” — Jim Morrison

15. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power.” — Jim Morrison

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

17. “If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.” — Jim Morrison

18. “Whoever controls the media controls the mind.” — Jim Morrison

19. “Or society places a supreme value on control — hiding what you feel. Our culture mocks “primitive cultures” and prides itself on suppression of natural instincts and impulses.” — Jim Morrison

20. “Could any Hell be more horrible than now and real?” — Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison quotes about death

21. “No one here gets out alive.” — Jim Morrison

22. “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

23. “Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders round as ravens claws.” — Jim Morrison

24. “Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy, baby. Take it as it comes.” — Jim Morrison

25. “We’re reaching for death on the end of a candle We’re trying for something that’s already found us.” — Jim Morrison

26. “Death makes angels of us all.” — Jim Morrison

27. “Door of passage to the other side, the soul frees itself in stride.” — Jim Morrison

28. “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

29. “The Gate is straight, deep, and wide; break on through to the other side.” — Jim Morrison

30. “Cancel my subscription to the resurrection.” — Jim Morrison

31. “I pressed her thigh, and death smiled.” — Jim Morrison

Weird Jim Morrison quotes

32. “Where’s your will to be weird?” — Jim Morrison

33. “I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.” — Jim Morrison

34. “People are strange…” — Jim Morrison

35. “This is the strangest life I have ever known.” — Jim Morrison

36. “There are things known, and there are things unknown and in between are the doors.” — Jim Morrison

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

38. “Drugs are a bet with your mind.” — Jim Morrison

39. “Actually, I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my blackouts.” — Jim Morrison

40. “I’ll never wake up in a good mood again. I’m tired of these stinky boots.” — Jim Morrison

41. “Out here on the perimeter, there are no stars. Out here, we is stoned. Immaculate.” — Jim Morrison

42. “The world we suggest is a new wild west. A sensuous, evil world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun.” — Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison quotes about love and friendship

43. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” — Jim Morrison
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our selection of friendship quotes celebrating life-long relationships.

44. “There are no laws, there are no rules, just grab your friend and love him.” — Jim Morrison

45. “I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft.” — Jim Morrison

46. “Love cannot save you from your own fate.” — Jim Morrison

47. “Nobody understands you better than yourself, but if someone tries to do, it is because he loves you.” — Jim Morrison

48. “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.” — Jim Morrison

49. “Give me songs to sing and emerald dreams to dream and I’ll give you love unfolding.” — Jim Morrison

50. “The grand highway is crowded with lovers and searchers and leavers so eager to please and to forget.” — Jim Morrison

What did you learn from these Jim Morrison quotes?

Sadly, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones all died at age 27 between 1969-1971. How exactly did Jim Morrison die? His long time partner Pam Courson found him dead in the bathtub of their Paris apartment.

The official ruling is that he died of heart failure, likely brought on by an accidental heroin overdose. There was no autopsy done because it wasn’t legally required in France. Pam would die, also of a heroin overdose, three years after Jim. She was also 27 years old.

Jim Morrison had such a way with words. It is a shame that fame and the lifestyle of a rock star took his talent from the world at such a young age.

“The Lizard King” was so curious about what was on the other side of the doors that he used meditation and drugs to try and find enlightenment. I hope that the tortured poet, clad in the leather pants of a rocker, found what he was searching for when he threw those doors wide open for the last time.

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Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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