windows and doors (was: William Safire)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 27 02:32:41 UTC 2000

On Wed, 20 Dec 2000, Laurence Horn wrote:

> "I'm sure most of you have seen 'Sound of the Music'. But I'm not
> sure if you remember
> this. Maria used to say this to herself. "When the Lord closes a
> door, somewhere he
> opens a window." This can be applied to a science, too."  (and goes

This is a variant of the old proverb, "When one door shuts, another
opens," attested as early as 1586.  O'Casey's _Juno and Paycock_ (1925)
has "Ah, God never shut wan door but he opened another."

Fred Shapiro

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