It wasn’t until I wrote about seeing the grave of Jim Morrison, singer and songwriter of The Doors, that I thought about how I take a lot of photos of doors. Even when taking a photo of a building, I am looking at the door.
There some cool doors in this world.
And, If you think about it, our lives are filled with metaphorical doors.
We go into places with a door and we leave places through a door. There are front doors, back doors, side doors.
Attic doors. Barn doors. Prison doors. Church doors.
We open doors, close doors, and some of us slam doors when we’re angry.
There are metaphorical doors like Doors to Heaven and Doors to Hell. We open doors to our future. Close doors on our past.
Close one door, and another door opens.
William Blake wrote that “if the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern”. When he wrote of London giving a foretaste of infinity, Machen expressed the same thought.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.
Reality is a sliding door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
AEducation is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
George Washington Carver
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.
Alexander Graham Bell