8 Quotes to Help Unlock Your Potential

If we are trying to unlock something within ourselves (happiness, love, sense of purpose) we must remember that we are our own key holders! Here are 8 quotes on the philosophical nature of doors, keys and locks to help you discover your potential:


1. “Be an opener of doors” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Meaning, leave an opening for those that come after you. Life is not about locking things up after you are done, it is about helping others find the way.

2. “Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible.” (Ida Tarbell)
There is value in dreaming, there is value in imagination, and there is value in picturing your world with no boundaries and no deadbolts.

3. “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
In Victorian times, keys were often made with heart-shaped handles, signifying the strength of love to break the bolts and barriers made by humanity.

4. “Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” (Pablo Picasso)
Live in every small success as if it were a great thing, but at the same time do not forget to use each success as a spur to move forward through the next door that awaits you.

5. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” (Helen Keller)
When all we have is the present moment, we cannot afford to mourn to long for any loss or sorrow in one particular room. Move forward always.

6. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” (Joseph Campbell)
A fulfilled spirit cannot be blocked from entering anywhere it wishes.

7. “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” (Winston Churchill)
Just as important as dreaming, is the ability to put those dreams in practicality.

8. “A very little key will open a very heavy door.” (Charles Dickens)
This can mean that the greatest desires we have in life, the biggest things we want to pursue, may require only a very small change in our attitude or habit.

A final thought: our destinies are determined by ourselves, not by outside conditions and events. Keep moving, be compassionate, and always leave the doors in your life open for someone to follow behind you.