150+ Door Quotes & Sayings For Inspiration On Your Success

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Doors are more than just physical walls that separate two rooms. They can also be powerful reminders of change and new chances. Because of this, people who want to be successful in their personal and professional lives often look to inspirational quotes and sayings to help them get going. Many of these quotes use door imagery to teach people to take advantage of new opportunities, resolve past problems, and keep going when things get tough.

Whether you need daily inspiration or want to push yourself to take the next step toward your goals, door quotes can motivate you to keep going. Here are some quotes about doors that will help you see the beauty behind every door that opens and closes in your life.


Best Door Quotes

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.  – Confucius


There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors. – Jim Morrison


Be an opener of doors – Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you love someone, everything is negotiable. If you don’t, everything is a door. — Carrie Fisher


Life is a song – sing it. Life is gameplay it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.   –  Sai Baba


I was beginning to realize that a college degree no longer came with guarantees. ꟷAlex Banayan


What if the blue I see is not the same color blue you see?’ – Neo Shamon


To be really sorry for one’s errors is like opening the door of Heaven. –  Hazrat Inayat Khan


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


Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller


Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible. – Ida Tarbell


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle


The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln


Many times the hardest part about achieving a dream isn’t actually achieving it—it’s stepping through your fear of the unknown when you don’t have a plan. Having a teacher or boss tell you what to do makes life a lot easier. But nobody achieves a dream from the comfort of certainty.


Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. – Claude Monet


Look for your brushes with the divine. Be receptive to them. When heaven knocks, open the door. Value these visits. Remember them. Expect more of them. –  Victoria Moran


I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney


Love is the master key that opens the gates ofhappiness. – Oliver Wendell Holmes


There is no key to happiness, the door is always open. Mother Teresa


Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.  – Leo Burnett


There’s something about you that tells me you’re actually going to make this happen. I believe in you. I believe you can do this.


Color is to the eye what music is to the ear. – Louis Comfort Tiffany


It is through love that the door to Heaven is opened on earth. –  Molly Friedenfeld


Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore


You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward.  – Joel Osteen


Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things. – PabloPicasso


Love unlocks doors and opens windows that were not even there before. — Mignon McLaughlin  


The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.  – Pearl Buck


How many times have people told you, ‘You can’t interview these types of people’? How many times have they said, ‘No way’? Don’t let anyone tell you your dream isn’t possible. When you have a vision, you’ve got to hang in there. You’ve got to stay in the fight. It’s going to get tough. You’re going to hear no. But you’ve got to keep pushing. You’ve got to keep fighting. You’ve got to use your Hidden reservoir. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s possible.


I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. –  Georgia O’Keefe


The Ediles among the Romans had their doors always standing open, that all who had petitions might have free access to them. The door of heaven is always open for the prayers of God’s people. –  Thomas Watson


Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. – Jim Rohn


Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell


Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill


Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. — Unknown


Be patient, be calm, be confident.  –Paulette Rioux


But first, we need ground rules. These five things aren’t just for today. They’re for the rest of your life.


Purer colors…have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look on them. –  Henri Matisse


Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That’s but a hint of what we’ll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally – and permanently – be ‘at home’ in a way that defies description. –  Charles Stanley


In ’57, I got a job at the Blue Angel nightclub, and a gentleman named Ken Welch wrote all my material for me. I lived at a place called the Rehearsal Club that was actually the basis for a play called Stage Door.  – Carol Burnett


Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door. – Brooke Shields


A very little key will open a very heavy door. – CharlesDickens


I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them. — Elizabeth Taylor


Ask yourself, ‘What would a high achieving person of character do?’ Then do that.  -Todd Finley


Everybody has experiences in their lives,…Some choose to make them into stories. There is no blue without yellow and without orange. – Vincent Van Gogh


Jesus Christ opened heaven’s door for us by His death on the cross. –  Billy Graham


Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.  – Katharine Hepburn


The door of the human heart can only be opened from the inside. – William Holman Hunt


So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. — Jesus Christ


Because you are alive, everything is possible.  ― Thích Nhất Hạnh


When it’s in front of you,…make your move….When it’s in front of you, make your move….The best cure for nervousness is immediate action.


Blue very profoundly develops the element of calm. – Vasily Kandinsky


I wonder: when a Jehovah’s Witness dies and goes to Heaven, does God hide behind the door and pretend He’s not home? –  Brian Celio


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


close some doors today. not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere – Paulo Coelho


A positive attitude opens the door to positive opportunities, which leads to a positive life. — Joel Benjamin  


Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. – -Alex Haley


Bite off more than you can chew. You can figure out how to chew later.


If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue. – Paul Gauguin


Christ and His cross are not separable in this life, howbeit Christ and His cross part at heaven’s door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven. One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there. –  Samuel Rutherford


Unite liberality with a just frugality; always reserve something for the hand of charity; and never let your door be closed to the voice of suffering humanity.  – Patrick Henry


If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living… Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. – Joseph Campbell


Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open? — Rumi


And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for:  the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.  ― John Steinbeck


You have to go for it, even if there’s a chance you’ll fail. The planets are never going to perfectly align. When you see an opportunity, it’s up to you to jump


Blue is the closest color to the truth. – Steven Tyler


What is our praise or pride but to imagine excellence and try to make it? What does it say over the door of heaven; but, homo (sapiens) fecit? –  Richard Wilbur


I’ve always loved music, but I never really played anything. After ‘Walk the Line’ and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music.  – Joaquin Phoenix


The door you open to giving love is the very one through which love arrives. – Alan Cohen


Depression opens the door to the beauty of some kind. — James Hillman


You have a choice,…You can be good at those twenty-five things or you can be world-class at the five.


People who live in a glass house have to answer the door.  – Karl Pilkington


Big doors swing on little hinges. – W. Clement Stone


Don’t close the barn door after the horse runs away. — American Proverbs


Most people never take the time to ask themselves why they’re doing what they’re doing,…And even when they do, most people lie to themselves.


How do you know there’s not a door to heaven in the sky between Malaysia and Vietnam? – : Sarah Palin


We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can’t take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major’s uniform on.  – Robert Benchley


The door to happiness opens outward. – Soren Kierkegaard


My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it. — Olusegun Obasanjo


Don’t judge the motivations as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Just ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Choosing the right tactics becomes easy once you know your end goal.


Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door. –  Tryon Edwards


If a man can… make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door. – Paulo Coelho


If It doesn’t open, It’s not your door.


No one smart actually drops out of school,…It’s a myth. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t drop out the way you think they did. Do some research. You’ll see what I’m talking about.


I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.  – Maya Angelou


Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. –  Coco Chanel


Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. — Charles Dickens


No one smart actually drops out of school,…It’s a myth. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t drop out the way you think they did. Do some research. You’ll see what I’m talking about.


Live every day as if the Son of Man were at the door, and gear your thinking to the fleeting moment. Just how can it be redeemed? Walk as if the next step would carry you across the threshold of Heaven. Pray. That saint who advances on his knees never retreats. –  Jim Elliot


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


Reality is a sliding door. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America. That’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people. –  Barack Obama


There are such moments in life, when, in order for heaven to open, it is necessary for a door to close. –  Jose Saramago


For years I’d seen headlines that read ‘Dropout Mark Zuckerberg’ and naturally assumed his decision to leave college was clear-cut. Headlines and movies make things seem black and white. But now I was realizing:the truth is never black and white. It’s gray. It’s all gray. If you want the whole story, you have to dig deeper. You can’t rely on headlines or tweets. Gray doesn’t fit in 140 characters.


A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. — Confucius


Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.  – George Bernard Shaw


I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door. –  Bob Dylan


My agent had told me rewriting the proposal would take thirty days. I finished in eight. When your back is against the wall, you learn what you’re capable of.


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


The Russian male audience, they loved ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,’ and they like my comedies, but the Russian male audience is action, action, action. –  Til Schweiger


 This is the thing,…Although people won’t meet with you for the reason you want, that doesn’t mean they won’t meet at all. Just find another angle. Figure out what they need and use that as your way in.


Old days won’t open new doors.


I do not recognize the right of the public to break in the front door of a man’s private life in order to satisfy the gaze of the curious… I do not think it right to dissect living men even for the advancement of science. So far as I am concerned, I prefer a post mortem examination to vivisection without anesthetics.  – Alexander Graham Bell


Because that’s what heaven is … it’s opening the door of a house in twilight and everyone you love is there. –  Justin Cronin


Colonel Sanders got rejected a thousand and nine times when he started KFC.


Opportunities come from knocking on doors until they open. — Unknown


You need to understand that business is not target practice. It’s not about obsessing over a bull’s-eye. It’s about putting as many balls in the air as possible and seeing which one hits…You need to start working on building a pipeline and getting other balls in the air. Business is not target practice.


Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. — Chinese Proverbs


All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door. –  Albert Camus


we ended up closing the show with the cover song we had tried during soundcheck that afternoon, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. –  Duff McKagan


Let’s say there’s a one-in-one-hundred chance you’re going to get something right. If you’re willing to do it more than a hundred times, you start to approach the probability that, eventually, you’re going to get it right. Call it luck. Call it tenacity. You will eventually get it if you exhaust all your efforts.


The greatest step is out the door. — Proverbs


My wife met me at the door the other night in a sexy negligee. Unfortunately, she was just coming home. –  Rodney Dangerfield


If Hell is where nothing connects, then being in the field of English must be the key to heaven’s door! We are in the business of finding connections within texts, between texts and contexts, between texts and ourselves, between our readings and the readings of other interpreters. –  T. S. Eliot


To attract money, you should deserve money. And you should develop a record over time that does it. You should explain to people why that record is a product of sound thinking rather than simply being in tune with a trend or simply just being lucky. Charlie?


Prayer is the key to heaven but faith unlocks the door.


Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door. –  Emily Dickinson Will


Many people believe they have found the key to Heaven’s gate, not realizing that there is no keyhole. It is a barrier upon which you must knock. And I believe that it is by our small and simple acts of kindness that we find the gate left ajar. –  Richelle E. Goodrich


Dishonesty breeds dishonesty.


That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station. — Johnny Cash


I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.  – Dolly Parton


Angels can’t enter hell unless a demon holds open the door, and demons can’t enter heaven without an angel’s say-so. –  J. Michael Straczynski


Do you want to know the secret to change the world? Stop trying to change it. Do great work and let your work change the world.


The back of one door is the face of another. — Proverbs


A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with the door closed all day and write lots of code. –  Bill Gates


The door of the visible church is incomparably wider than the door of heaven. –  Richard Baxter


How does one become successful?… you have to want to do it very, very badly.


Lying and stealing are next-door neighbors. — Arabic Proverbs


My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved.  – Dolly Parton


I know death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits; and ‘is found
They go on such strange geometrical hinges,
You may open them both ways: anyway, for heaven-sake.  – John Webster


Larry said, pointing a finger.’The secret is: there is no secret. Just be yourself Obsessed with a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace. — Eugene O’Neill 


I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.  – Thich Nhat Hanh


All that damn therapy you made me go through – and sometimes, Dad, it takes going through hell to reach your heaven.” I looked at the door. “That bad huh?” “What?” “You like her that much?” “No.” I swallowed. “I love her. –  Rachel Van Dyken


Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom. — Havelock Ellis


Gates…explained that the first step in a sales meeting is having to blast through skepticism, and the best way to do that is by overwhelming people with your expertise. Gates would talk fast and dive immediately into the details—character sets, computer chips, programming languages, software platforms—to the point that it became undeniably clear he wasn’t just some kid.


When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space. –  Eckhart Tolle


So then, let “Deserved” be written on the door of hell, but on the door of Heaven and life, “The free gift” – Richard Baxter


I told you there is no tipping point. It’s all just little steps…A tipping point only appears in hindsight,…You don’t feel it when you’re in the trenches. Being an entrepreneur is about pushing, not tipping.


There was a door to which I found no key: There was the Veil through which I might not see. — Omar Khayyam


Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.  – Jesus Christ


If you’re interested in the door to the heavens opening, start with the door to your own secret self. – Elizabeth Lesser


Society tells you that success is getting the most powerful position possible,’ Wozniak said. ‘But I asked myself: Is that what would make me happiest?


Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. — Albert Einstein


When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door. –  Victor Hugo


Most people do things because that’s what society tells them they should do. But if you stop and do the math—if you actually think for yourself—you’ll realize there’s a better way to do things.


Mrs. Wellington was wearing a voluminous flannel nightgown when she answered the door. Hamish was glad Mr. Wellington had found God because it certainly looked as if he would need to wait until he got to heaven to get his reward. –  M.C. Beaton


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle 


The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key… and bolt the door at once. – Andrew Jackson


Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth. Without looking out of my window I could know the ways of heaven. The farther one travels, The less one knows, the less one really knows. –  George Harrison


‘It’s the fact that most men won’t even acknowledge our reality. There are problems women face that most men will never understand…because they never try to understand.


The hardest thing about exercise? Getting out the front door. Don’t think. Just go. — Lewis Pugh


Joy, temperance, and repose slam the door on the doctor’s nose. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I took a deep breath and shut the bedroom door behind me. Even though we’d put each other through hell, we’d found heaven. Maybe that was more than a couple of sinners deserved, but I wasn’t going to complain. –  Jamie McGuire


Approach writing, approach whatever your job is, with admiration for yourself, and for those who did it before you. Become as familiar with your craft as it is possible to become.


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. –  Rabindranath Tagore


It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It’s not the sort of comfort they supply there. –  C.S. Lewis

We can’t deny that doors have power and meaning in our lives. There is always something to learn from opening or closing doors. Mandy Hale famously said, “The doors will be opened to those daring enough to knock.” Let’s be brave and knock on our dreams’ doors. If we work hard and don’t give up, we can get past any problem and walk through the doors of success waiting for us. Let these quotes about doors be a source of motivation as we continue to become great.

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