Bjharris1993: I have this problem in my kitchen… I really need to get my cupboard doors fixed.
IntentionalTexan: “when one door closes…open it again…that’s how doors work.”
chikenvlix: I always heard it was Helen Keller’s quotation—odd that the article attributes almost the same words both to her and to Bell, without comment on that.
TygerPanzy: God doesn’t close a door without nailing the windows shut and setting the house on fire.
Black_RL: In short,
“when one door closes, another one opens, but only if you see it”
hasshat: Oh I can see why people omit that last part…
ToRagnarok: Pretty cool quote from the guy that invented Taco Bell.
LlamaCamper: I always fall in love with an open door.
-99Savage: That’s really a beautiful quote and very much true in so many aspects of life. I need to start accepting that things don’t always play out the way I want them to.
odd_guy_johnson: Especially when you were in love with that closed door, and had sex with that closed door, and had your heart broken by that closed door…
Doors can suck sometimes.
francesrainbow: When I didn’t get accepted to study medicine the first time, my Granda told me: “Don’t worry [my name] – when one door closes, another one shuts!”
royalstaircase: The second part isn’t necessary. The entire reason you say “when one door closes, another opens” is specifically to draw attention to the opening doors.
Leisure_suit_guy: Was he speaking to Meucci? 😉 (he must have been pretty regretful about the door Bell closed for him).
mrblahblahblah: its actually a shams of Tabriz quote who was born about 800 years ago
logicalthinker1: So? The message doesn’t really change…
comtrailer: Edison said, “if one door is closed, steal the key and open it yourself.”
EatATaco: Isn’t it obvious that the intent of this quote is to have you look for the newly opened door? What did people think this saying actually meant?
Theonlykd: In a similar vein, the saying “Great minds think alike” is followed by “though fools seldom differ”
Y_Y_why: I thought that was Helen Keller
tgp1994: Life is full of many doors, Ed-boy.
temp0557: Sometimes instead we just can’t find the newly opened door …
tehmlem: Bell was making sappy facebook posts before there was facebook!
endymion2014: Also, the hallway is usually dark and cold.
cmneiki: I needed to hear this now. Thank you. I really cannot thank you enough for this.
therealshamfake: Knowledge is power. France is bacon.
DrRexTyler: There must be more famous sayings that have been truncated. For example, I’ve heard the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”, but I later learned/heard that the full saying is “Jack of all trades, master of none, but better that than a master of one.” Ie it’s better to have breadth of knowledge vs. depth of knowledge.
headmustard: another day of the week another repost of TIL the saying “when one door closes, another opens” is a Alexander Graham Bell quote which he then followed by saying “but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
daveberzack: Not surprising. When people quote the first half, they typically mean to urge a crestfallen friend or colleague to look out for opportunity.
MzKtlyn: I just lost my job and this is something everyone has told me… about one door closing and another opening. I am going to try to keep this in perspective because losing my job has just devastated me.
daklassy1: “That is the most condescending bullshit I’ve ever heard, get the fuck out of my house.” – Nikolai Tesla in response to this, probably.
axkee141: “When one door closes, choose a nearby wall and bash it in with brute force” -Mabel Pines, quoting Stan Pines
willflameboy: “Yeah ok, Alexander. Doors, I get it. I have to go, I have another call. Yes, I know we have the only two phones in the world but there’s someone on the other line. Yeah I’ll call you later”.
robeartow: The original TL;DR
twiggez-vous: This is also the 21st Top of all time TIL post
haironburr: This quote is why they nailed the shit out of Alexander Graham Bell’s coffin lid.
Skystrike7: I remember the last time this was reposted.
Hokie200proof: and then he straight up stole this quote and the credit for inventing the telephone and proved his own point.
myelbowclicks: Yeah I love when quotes drone on and on and over explain what they’ve already explained.
Stukel: It’s a shame Alexander Graham Bell was such a piece of shit of a person.
ishamael1905: I imagine this being said in the voice from Assassins Creed Syndicate.
tortoise80: Does anyone think this is true? I feel like I rely too heavily on phrases like this. It must have some sort of ‘source of truth’ but I wonder how having this information impacts a persons life.
nchqpd717: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not”
SpookyPocket: My life
solarsavior: Same concept as “Who moved my cheese?”.
Djewbf348thoqab: I mean… yeah. That’s implied by the first half. You’re telling someone who’s looking at a closed door to look at the open one.
macboot: Kinda like The Road Less Traveled quote. It’s not so much about deviating from the norm to see something new, it’s really supposed to be about how some people can’t make decisions, so they make up baseless reasons to pick one over the other to avoid regret of missing out on the other.
jagenigma: Many sayings and quotes are misconstrued. Through word of mouth and the “telephone effect” they often get lost in translation.
mikebellman: Now we walk through the tunnel
Into the light.
No contentions anymore.
When one door closes, another door opens.
And so it’s just another door.
gonnaherpatitis: Not in fortnite.
DrunkenJagFan: Who knew doors was so complicated?
Jason_Viper: Good point. There is a certain closed door in my life that I still think about pretty much every single day…for the last 15+ years, as there are constant reminders about it in my life day-to-day. I feel like I truly missed my calling. But I think I’ve done a pretty good job of making the most out of my life otherwise.
ButtonsTheSillyCat: Sounds like something Uncle Iroh would say
schellshock: That sounds exactly like what someone who stole the idea that made him famous would say.
sir_patrickryan14: Then people stood up and said UH *Too Long Don’t Have The Time To Listen To This Shit*
amymadd: That’s deep.