TIL that the refrain “when one door closes, another opens" is actually an Alexander Graham Bell quote which he 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.”

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13 Aug 2017 23:48 - +9378
Actually the second point is possibly the most important point.
14 Aug 2017 00:13 - +2658
"Christ, Alexander, here's a quarter, go call somebody who gives a fuck." *And so it was that Alexander Graham Bell got the idea for the telephone. A lightbulb would've gone on above his head but, alas, Edison had not invented it yet.*
13 Aug 2017 23:47 - +1295
When a door closes, open it again. That's how doors work.
14 Aug 2017 00:54 - +1167
"That's nice and all," I said, "but until you fix it, I'm not buying the car."
14 Aug 2017 00:20 - +478
This Alexander guy sounds like a pretty smart dude.. Did he manage to contribute to the world in any way that are not quotes?
14 Aug 2017 01:02 - +220
I've suffered from depression for most of my life. The open doors are hard to find in the dark. But, I'm 26 now and over the past 2 years I have finally been able to find them easier. And the more you look the easier these doors are to find.
14 Aug 2017 00:45 - +169
TIL Alexander Graham Bell was Comstock from Bioshock Infinite
14 Aug 2017 01:10 - +65
I like this quote a lot. It's kinda weird how there are certain aspects of famous people everyone knows and enjoys and there are certain aspects, like the fact he was a very strong supporter and proponent of the eugenics movement to segregate the deaf, that people never hear about.
14 Aug 2017 01:07 - +61
Thank god, thought this was going to be another one of those where the second half totally nullifies what I had thought the refrain to mean
14 Aug 2017 01:08 - +41
TIL that "refrain" can be used to mean a phrase.
14 Aug 2017 01:18 - +32
I agree. For instance, we can dwell on the six million Jews who died in WWII but we should instead look at the door which opened for us: that of the surviving Jews who were displaced around the globe, their inculturation in those various countries allowed them to fuse their customs with the local customs from those regions, and when they returned to Israel, these Jews from around the globe came together to form what is today some of the best fusion cuisine in the world. So don't think of Hitler as a megalomaniac who slaughtered millions; think of him as the impetus toward a brilliant, new culinary creation.
14 Aug 2017 00:23 - +27
>That opened the door to Bell being granted US patent 174465 for the telephone on March 7, 1876. At the bottom of the controvacies page of the invention of the telephone.
14 Aug 2017 00:46 - +23
That is too much truth for me right now, and I'd imagine enough people have felt likewise that we have collectively decided to ignore that second part.
14 Aug 2017 01:10 - +20
Didn't alexander bell steal his idea from someone... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Gray_and_Alexander_Bell_telephone_controversy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jun/17/humanities.internationaleducationnews
14 Aug 2017 01:49 - +15
Not to burst anyone's bubble, but I have read this quote in the opening of one of the poem's of the famous Ismaili missionary Muaiyad Al Shirazi, the chief missionary of Caliph Al Mustansir Billah of Egypt who ruled during the 11th Century AD. I guess Graham Bell must have read it somewhere else.
14 Aug 2017 01:21 - +15
I prefer Roger Sterling: "When God closes a door, he opens a dress."
14 Aug 2017 01:03 - +14
Refrain? Phrase??
14 Aug 2017 01:37 - +9
Losing something hurts more than the benefit of gaining something of the same value.

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