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Wikipedia Summary for Jim Morrison

James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, who was the lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Due to his wild personality, poetic lyrics, distinctive voice, unpredictable and erratic performances, and the dramatic circumstances surrounding his life and early death, Morrison is regarded by music critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock history. Since his death, his fame has endured as one of popular culture's most rebellious and oft-displayed icons, representing the generation gap and youth counterculture.

Together with pianist Ray Manzarek, Morrison co-founded the Doors in July 1965 in Venice, California. The band spent two years in obscurity until shooting to prominence with their number-one single in the United States, "Light My Fire", taken from their self-titled debut album. Morrison recorded a total of six studio albums with the Doors, all of which sold well and received critical acclaim. Morrison was well known for improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live. Manzarek said Morrison "embodied hippie counterculture rebellion".

Morrison developed an alcohol dependency in the 1960s, which at times affected his performances on stage. He died unexpectedly in Paris at the age of 27, amid conflicting witness reports. Since no autopsy was performed, the cause of Morrison's death remains disputed. Though the Doors recorded two more albums after Morrison died, his death severely affected the band's fortunes, and they split up in 1973. In 1993, Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Doors.

Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of Jim Morrison quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you're going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you're going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.


Quote: No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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


Quote: Los Angeles is a city looking for a ritual to join its fragments, and The Doors are looking for such a ritual also. A kind of electric wedding. We hide ourselves in the music to reveal ourselves. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Los Angeles is a city looking for a ritual to join its fragments, and The Doors are looking for such a ritual also. A kind of electric wedding. We hide ourselves in the music to reveal ourselves.


Quote: I think that phrase is the most horrible phrase in the English language -- 'I don't know.' It's terribly embarrassing. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I think that phrase is the most horrible phrase in the English language -- 'I don't know.' It's terribly embarrassing.


Quote: Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: This is the strangest life I have ever known. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

This is the strangest life I have ever known.


Quote: I pressed her thigh and death smiled. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I pressed her thigh and death smiled.


Quote: Music inflames temperament. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Music inflames temperament.


Quote: Between childhood, boyhood, adolescence and manhood (maturity) there should be sharp lines drawn w  Tests , deaths, feats, rites stories, songs, and judgements. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Between childhood, boyhood, adolescence and manhood (maturity) there should be sharp lines drawn w Tests , deaths, feats, rites stories, songs, and judgements.


Quote: I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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


Quote: My great joy is to give form to reality. Music is a great release, a great enjoyment to me. Eventually I'd like to write something of great importance. That's my ambition -- to write something worthwhile. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

My great joy is to give form to reality. Music is a great release, a great enjoyment to me. Eventually I'd like to write something of great importance. That's my ambition -- to write something worthwhile.


Quote: Do you know the warm progress under the stars? 
 Do you know we exist? 
 Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom? 
 Have you been born yet 
 and are you alive? by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Do you know the warm progress under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom?
Have you been born yet
and are you alive?


Quote: The kind of people who can assemble huge crowds into one spot will be the major influences on mass culture in the next decade. The rock enthusiasts have created some of the most exciting theatrical events on the planet. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

The kind of people who can assemble huge crowds into one spot will be the major influences on mass culture in the next decade. The rock enthusiasts have created some of the most exciting theatrical events on the planet.


Quote: When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.


Quote: I've always thought comparisons were useless and ugly. It is a short cut to thinking. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I've always thought comparisons were useless and ugly. It is a short cut to thinking.




Quote: I like to let each thing happen -- direct it a little consciously, maybe -- but just kind of follow the vibrations I get in each particular circumstance. We don't plan theatrics. We hardly ever know which set we'll play. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I like to let each thing happen -- direct it a little consciously, maybe -- but just kind of follow the vibrations I get in each particular circumstance. We don't plan theatrics. We hardly ever know which set we'll play.


Quote: Door of passage to the other side, the soul frees itself in stride. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Door of passage to the other side, the soul frees itself in stride.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.


Quote: There's nothing wrong with being a large mammal. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

There's nothing wrong with being a large mammal.


Quote: The Night is young and full of rest I can't describe the way she's dress'd She'll pander to some strange requests Anything that you suggest Anything to please her guest. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

The Night is young and full of rest I can't describe the way she's dress'd She'll pander to some strange requests Anything that you suggest Anything to please her guest.


Quote: The grand highway is crowded w lovers and searchers and leavers so eager to please and forget. Wilderness. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

The grand highway is crowded w lovers and searchers and leavers so eager to please and forget. Wilderness.


Quote: I'll never wake up in a good mood again. I'm tired of these stinky boots. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I'll never wake up in a good mood again. I'm tired of these stinky boots.


Quote: How can I set free anyone who doesn't have the guts to stand up alone and declare his own freedom? by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

How can I set free anyone who doesn't have the guts to stand up alone and declare his own freedom?


Quote: Look where we worship. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Look where we worship.


Quote: She needed Cholly's sins desperately. The lower he sank, the wilder and more irresponsible he became, the more splendid she and her task became. In the name of Jesus. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

She needed Cholly's sins desperately. The lower he sank, the wilder and more irresponsible he became, the more splendid she and her task became. In the name of Jesus.


Quote: Take it easy baby, take it as it comes -- specialize in having fun! by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Take it easy baby, take it as it comes -- specialize in having fun!


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.


Quote: You cannot petition the Lord with prayer. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

You cannot petition the Lord with prayer.


Quote: I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: A man searching for paradise lost can seem a fool to those who never sought the other world. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

A man searching for paradise lost can seem a fool to those who never sought the other world.


Quote: O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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


Quote: The Gate is Straight, Deep and Wide; Break On Through to the other side. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

The Gate is Straight, Deep and Wide; Break On Through to the other side.


Quote: Lets just say I was testing the bounds of reality. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Lets just say I was testing the bounds of reality.


Quote: We want the world, and we want it now! by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

We want the world, and we want it now!


Quote: Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.




Quote: People are strange when you're a stranger. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

People are strange when you're a stranger.


Quote: Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes.


Quote: There may be a time when we'll attend Weather Theaters to recall the sensation of rain. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

There may be a time when we'll attend Weather Theaters to recall the sensation of rain.


Quote: I am the Lizard King. I can do anything! by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I am the Lizard King. I can do anything!


Quote: What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.


Quote: Let's swim to the moon
Let's climb through the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds
That lap against our side. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Let's swim to the moon
Let's climb through the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds
That lap against our side.


Quote: All games contain the idea of death. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

All games contain the idea of death.


Quote: We're reaching for death on the end of a candle We're trying for something that's already found us. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

We're reaching for death on the end of a candle We're trying for something that's already found us.


Quote: All the poems have wolves in them. All but one. The most beautiful one of all. She dances in a ring of fire and throws off the challenge with a shrug. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

All the poems have wolves in them. All but one. The most beautiful one of all. She dances in a ring of fire and throws off the challenge with a shrug.


Quote: Most people love you for who you pretend to be. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Most people love you for who you pretend to be.




Quote: The future is uncertain but the end is always near. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

The future is uncertain but the end is always near.


Quote: A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself -- and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself -- and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself , and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to letting a person be what he really is.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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.


Quote: Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.


Quote: I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.


Quote: I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

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


Quote: Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence. by author Jim Morrison overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Morrison with quote

Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.


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