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Classic Door Quotes

There are as many types of doors in our lives. Whether it’s the doors of opportunity, or the new trend of barn doors in your home; doors are a symbol of opportunity. Doors are so common in our lives that we pass through them as often as 20+ times a day without hardly noticing. In fact, they are so common that they have become a metaphor for many things in our life. Birth, death, change, empowerment, education, and new beginnings are just a few of the ideas often expressed by a door or doorway.


Here at we have a few favorite quotes that reference doors. Here are some of them:

  • “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” -George Washington Carver
  • “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” -John Barrymore
  • “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” -Coco Chanel
  • “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell
  • “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved.” -Dolly Parton
  • “Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” -Mary Browne
  • “Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.” -Robin S. Sharma
  • “Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?” -George Sand
  • “All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.” -John Kenneth Galbraith
  • “It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.” -Helen Keller
  • “Just be honest with yourself. That opens the door.” -Vernon Howard
  • “Becoming a father increases your capacity for love and your level of patience. It opens up another door in a person – a door which you may not even have known was there. That’s what I feel with my son. There’s suddenly another level of love that expands. My son is my greatest joy, out of everything in my life.” -Kyle MacLachlan
  • “The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening, terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing – the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.” -Andy Rooney
  • “Everybody always says that I’m the girl next door, which makes me think that y’all must have a lot of weird next-door neighbors.” -Kelly Clarkson
  • “It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.” -Robert M. Pirsig
  • “Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.” -Havelock Ellis

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