‘Locks in Literature’ is a regular feature in the Anderson Lock Gazette newsletter, and an occasional feature in our blog. Enjoy the literary excerpts from classic books, below, and below them you’ll find ‘Locks in Quotations’ from five famous men.

“At noon the next day, a man mounted the bridge to ascertain the vessel’s position. It might be thought that this was Captain Speedy. Not the least in the world. It was Phileas Fogg, Esquire. As for Captain Speedy, he was shut up in his cabin under lock and key, and was uttering loud cries, which signified an anger at once pardonable and excessive.”

–Jules Verne (1828-1905), Around the World in Eighty Days 


“The man might have died in a fit; but then the jewels are missing,” mused the Inspector. “Ha! I have a theory. These flashes come upon me at times…What do you think of this, Holmes? Sholto was, on his own confession, with his brother last night. The brother died in a fit, on which Sholto walked off with the treasure! How’s that?”

“On which the dead man very considerately got up and locked the door on the inside,” said Holmes.

–Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Stories of Sherlock Holmes


“Ah, that’s not Jekyll’s voice—it’s Hyde’s!” cried Utterson.

“Down with the door, Poole!”

Poole swing the axe over his shoulder, the blow shook the building, and the red baize door leaped against the lock and hinges. A dismal screech, as of mere animal terror, rang from the cabinet. Up went the axe again, and again the panels crashed and the frame bounded; four times the blow fell; but the wood was tough and the fittings were of excellent workmanship; and it was not until the fifth that the lock burst in sunder and the wreck of the door fell inwards on the carpet.”

–Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


“But I had fastened the door—I had the key in my pocket:

I should have been a careless shepherd if I had left a lamb—my pet lamb—so near a wolf’s den, unguarded: you were safe.”

–Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), Jane Eyre

“We are shut up here, shut away from the world, in fear and anxiety, especially just lately. Why, then, would we who love each other remain apart? Why should we wait until we’ve reached suitable age? Why should we bother?”

–Anne Frank (1929-1945), The Diary of a Young Girl

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

–Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), Room of One’s Own



Locks in Quotations

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

“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 (1881-1973)

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.”

Nikola Tesla (1856-1953)

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.”

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), Russian author of ‘Doctor Zhivago’

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