Doors are parts of structures which may be opened or closed in order to control and restrict access. A door may also metaphorically refer to portals and other non-physical entrances. In literature, doors often represent choices or outcomes which the principle actors can directly engage with.
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- God never shuts one door without opening another.
- Anonymous Irish proverb, quoted in The Search for God (1983) by David Manning White, p. 160
- It's a door, Sol. It's a door.
- If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
- A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers. To love is to risk living fully.
- there's a hell
of a good universe next door; let's go
- E. E. Cummings, in "pity this busy monster, manunkind" in 1 x 1 (1944)
- When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure. Not for nothing did God give the keys into St. Peter's keeping, for Peter stands for knowledge, and knowledge is the key that unlocks the door, presses forward and breaks in, to discover God as he is.
- Meister Eckhart, in Sermon 9, as translated in The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (1999) by Hughes Oliphant Old, Ch. 9 : The German Mystics, p. 448
- In the metaphor of arithmetic, the dyad reveals itself as the door between the One and the Many, between monad and all other numbers.
- Priya Hemenway in Divine Proportion : Φ (Phi) In Art, Nature, and Science (2005), Ch. 2 : Pythagoras and the Mystery of Numbers, p. 52
- Learning in the true sense of the word is possible only in that state of attention, in which there is no outer or inner compulsion. Right thinking can come about only when the mind is not enslaved by tradition and memory. It is attention that allows silence to come upon the mind, which is the opening of the door to creation.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti, in Life Ahead (1963)
- In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti, as quoted in Perfecting Ourselves : Coordinating Body, Mind, and Spirit (2002) by Aaron Hoopes, p. 64