One Door Closes, and Another Door Opens: Doors

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.

Door with ceiling bell leading out of Alfriston, England cafe IMG_5635 IMG_5956 IMG_5972 IMG_6025 IMG_6044 IMG_6140 IMG_6141 IMG_6146 IMG_6157 IMG_6181 IMG_6235 IMG_6301 IMG_6402 IMG_6422 The building of this Crypt was finished in 1050 IMG_6477 IMG_6482 Doorknocker in Uzerch, France IMG_6511 IMG_6552 Statue on balcony IMG_6690 IMG_6717 What a doorway! Cluny Museum, Paris IMG_6977 IMG_7000 IMG_7198 IMG_8873 IMG_8918 IMG_9028 IMG_9127


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.
Albert Einstein

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.
Johnny Cash

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.

Bob Marley

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.

Coco Chanel

AEducation is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

George Washington Carver

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo
Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.
Alexander Graham Bell




2 thoughts on “One Door Closes, and Another Door Opens: Doors

  1. Simply awesome, Vivian. I had no idea about your love of doors. What a touching Blog. I will forever look at doors in a different light. Thanks for being such a fascinating friend. Love, Paula

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