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.
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.
The earth is a
beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.
Silence is the door of consent.
We let him in, and
now he shows us the door.
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.
If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you.
The ear is only a
He wants to tell the truth ill always stand before closed doors
Luck stops at the
door and inquires whether prudence is within.
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.
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
Believe the liar
up to the door of his house and no further than that.
Unless you call
out, who will open the door?
Who stands by the
door of his house is not yet gone away.
It's a big wind that blows on small doors.
means sometimes to knock at the door to see if anyone is at home.
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.
knocks open the door.
It is useless to
knock at the door of a deaf man.
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.
God's help is nearer than the door.
Never bolt your
door with a boiled carrot.
Every door may be
shut but death's door.
The mouth is the door of evil.
Walls have ears,
paper sliding doors have eyes.
When you have
three daughters, you sleep with the door open.
Kind words will
unlock an iron door.
Lock your door
rather than accuse your neighbour.
An oven whose door
does not shut does not bake its loaves.
Once you have
locked your door you are the emperor in your own domain.
Every fault is
laid at the door of the hyena, but it does not steal a bale of cloth.
Friends sleep when misfortune knocks on the door.
The doorstep of
the palace is very slippery.
Beware of the door
with too many keys.
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.
Slippery is the
flagstone at the mansion-house door.
A doorstep is the
highest of all mountains.
It is no fun to
guard a house with two doors.
The back of one door is the face of another.
give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
The door of
success is marked 'push' and 'pull'.
Patience can break through iron doors.
The place of an uninvited guest is behind the door.
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