A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 27, 2019
“If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door”

"If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images. “It is only a door. If it doesn’t open, it is not your door. Everything you need is already here, not behind it. @WiseTitan” was posted on Twitter by Elena Goubanova on November 12, 2013. “If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door...” was posted on Twitter by Holly Miller on June 7, 2014.

The saying means that one will have a “door of opportunity,” but that this is not at every door (and some doors will be closed). Authorship of the saying is unknown, but it possibly originated from an image.


Twitter
Elena Goubanova
@egoubano
Replying to @d1g1ta1wayfarer
It is only a door. If it doesn’t open, it is not your door. Everything you need is already here, not behind it. @WiseTitan
3:18 PM - 12 Nov 2013

Twitter
Holly Miller
@UmaHolly
#Cocochanel #life #love
If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door…
(Shown is an image of “DON’T SPEND TIME BEATING ON A WALL, HOPING IT WILL TRANSFORM INTO A DOOR.—COCO CHANEL”—ed.)
12:14 AM - 7 Jun 2014

Twitter
Maha Everlasting
@MahaEverlasting
If it doesn’t open, then its not your door.
6:44 AM - 5 Dec 2014

Twitter
Sandra ☯️
@AngelMoonSand
If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door…
Simple as that
6:51 AM - 5 Dec 2014

Twitter
Ch00bie
@Ch00bie
WORD OF ADVICE “If it doesn’t OPEN its not your door”
(An image of this saying is shown.—ed.)
9:57 AM - 5 Dec 2014

Google Books
Faith, Family, Friends, And Fried Chicken 3
By Sherry-Marie Perguson
Minneapolis, MN: Mill City Press, Inc.
2015
Pg. 42:
I told my husband once that I liked the saying “if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”

HuffPost
04/26/2016 10:28 EDT | Updated 04/27/2017 05:12 EDT
If It Doesn’t Open… It’s Not Your Door
You cannot open a door meant for someone else, it’s just not possible. But you are meant to open your own doors. The best thing you can do as the loved one of someone with an addiction is to stop trying to open the addict’s door, and to instead focus on your own life.

Candace Plattor, Registered Clinical Counsellor
A while ago, I was going through my newsfeed on Facebook, when I came across this proclamation:

If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

I thought it was one of the most brilliant pieces of wisdom I’d ever heard—so of course I immediately stole it and shared it on my own Facebook page too. And I’ve been using it—with clients, with friends, and with myself—ever since.

Elite Daily
24 Instagram Captions For Vacation Pictures
BY GABRIELLE LAFRANK
JUNE 15 2017
(...)
21. “If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”—Unknown

Facebook
Stacey Costanzo Realtor Your Listing Specialist
January 3, 2018 ·
If it doesn’t open its not your door. #morningmotivation

Medium
If It Doesn’t Open, It’s Not Your Door
Crystal Jackson
Mar 6, 2018
It’s said that if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. While I understand the meaning of the expression, it’s not necessarily the best metaphor I’ve ever heard to explain that what is meant for us will come to us- and what isn’t, won’t. Because the reality is that we will open many doors in our lives.

Seventeen
28 Instagram Captions for Guys That Are Perfect No Matter the Pic
“Fresher than a pillow with a mint on it.”

By Carolyn Twersky
MAR 28, 2019
(...)
“If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, April 27, 2019 • Permalink