„If culture was a house, then language was the key to the front door, [and] to all rooms inside.“

Source: And the Mountains Echoed

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„… one can still say that quantum mechanics is the key to understanding magnetism. When one enters the first room with this key there are unexpected rooms beyond, but it is always the master key that unlocks each door.“

—  John Hasbrouck Van Vleck American physicist 1899 - 1980

Quantum Mechanics, The Key to Understanding Magnetism, Nobel Lecture http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1977/vleck-lecture.pdf (December 8, 1977)

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„Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642

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„I had now the key to all language, and I was eager to learn to use it.“

—  Helen Keller, book The Story of My Life

Source: The Story of My Life (1903), Ch. 6
Context: I had now the key to all language, and I was eager to learn to use it. Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others' lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process. But whatever the process, the result is wonderful. Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare.

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„I went to a house that was not a house. I opened a door that was not a door. And what I saw, I saw.“

—  Simon R. Green British writer 1955

Source: Something from the Nightside

„A culture is not only the language and the arts of a people. It is all their history, all their hopes for the future.“

—  Pierre Stephen Robert Payne British lecturer, novelist, historian, poet and biographer 1911 - 1983

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„In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

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„As with all dwellings,” she said, “of mortals and immortals both, it is the living that makes a house—not the doors, not the walls.“

—  Tad Williams novelist 1957

Source: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Stone of Farewell (1990), Chapter 25, “Petals in a Wind Storm” (pp. 626-627).

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„With confidentiality as the key, men’s groups open the door to men opening their hearts.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Source: The Boy Crisis (2018), pp. 286

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