Doors Resource

Door Proverbs




The significance of doors in our lives is attested by the large number of proverbs, from around the world, about doors and doorways. The following are extracted with acknowledgement and thanks from the Creative Proverbs website.

Arabian Proverbs

I'm talking to the door, but I want the walls to hear me.

If you want to keep camels, have a big enough door.

When God shuts one door, he opens another.

Bantu Proverbs

The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.

Berber Proverbs

Silence is the door of consent.

We let him in, and now he shows us the door.



Chinese Proverbs

Insects do not nest in a busy door hinge.

Misfortune only comes in when the door is open.

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

The best kind of closed door is the one you can leave unlocked.

The door to virtue is heavy and hard to open.

The doorway to charity is difficult to open and difficult to close.

The man whose conscience is clear will never fear a knock on the door at midnight.

While keeping a tiger from the front door, the wolf comes in at the back.

Creole Proverbs

If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you.

The ear is only a door.

Danish Proverbs

He wants to tell the truth ill always stand before closed doors

Luck stops at the door and inquires whether prudence is within.

Dutch Proverbs

When hard work goes out of the door, poverty comes in at the window.

When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window.

Many open a door to shut a window.

The open door invites the thief.

He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him.

He would catch a rogue must watch behind the door.

It is a grief to one beggar that there is another at the dor.

English Proverbs

Don't lock the stable door after the horse is stolen.

Sweep in front of your own door.

A golden key can open any door.

Death closes all doors.

Egyptian Proverbs

Believe the liar up to the door of his house and no further than that.

Ethiopian Proverbs

Unless you call out, who will open the door?

Finnish Proverbs

Who stands by the door of his house is not yet gone away.

French Proverbs

It's a big wind that blows on small doors.

To contradict means sometimes to knock at the door to see if anyone is at home.

German Proverbs

He would make a golden door must add a nail to it daily.

Nobles and dogs leave the door open.

The greatest step is out the door.

The last shuts the door.

When fortune knocks open the door.

Greek Proverbs

It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man.

Iranian Proverbs

Never open a door that you can't lock again.

There are three things that have to be done quickly: burying the dead, opening the door for a stranger, and fixing your daughter's wedding.

Irish Proverbs

God's help is nearer than the door.

Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

Italian Proverbs

Every door may be shut but death's door.

Japanese Proverbs

The mouth is the door of evil.

Walls have ears, paper sliding doors have eyes.

Korean Proverbs

When you have three daughters, you sleep with the door open.

Kurdish Proverbs

Kind words will unlock an iron door.

Lebanese Proverbs

Lock your door rather than accuse your neighbour.

Maltese Proverbs

An oven whose door does not shut does not bake its loaves.

Mongolian Proverbs

Once you have locked your door you are the emperor in your own domain.

Nigerian Proverbs

Every fault is laid at the door of the hyena, but it does not steal a bale of cloth.

Polish Proverbs

Friends sleep when misfortune knocks on the door.

The doorstep of the palace is very slippery.

Portuguese Proverbs

Beware of the door with too many keys.

Romanian Proverbs

A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.

Saudi Arabian Proverbs

Death is a black camel that lies down at every door. Sooner or later you must ride the camel.

Lying and stealing are next door neighbours.

When a door opens not to your knock, consider your reputation.

Scottish Proverbs

Slippery is the flagstone at the mansion-house door.

Slovenian Proverbs

A doorstep is the highest of all mountains.

Spanish Proverbs

It is no fun to guard a house with two doors.

Traditional Proverbs

The back of one door is the face of another.

The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.

Yiddish Proverbs

The door of success is marked 'push' and 'pull'.

Yugoslavian Proverbs

Patience can break through iron doors.

The place of an uninvited guest is behind the door.



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