those whose business it is to open doors

From The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald (chapter 3):

Those whose business it is to open doors, so often mistake and shut them!

…”You say you didn’t mean any harm: did you mean any good, Curdie?” “No,” answered Curdie. “Remember, then, that whoever does not mean good is always in danger of harm. But I try to give everybody fair play; and those that are in the wrong are in far more need of it always than those who are in the right: they can afford to do without it. Therefore I say for you that when you shot that arrow you did not know what a pigeon is. Now that you do know, you are sorry. It is very dangerous to do things you don’t know about.”

…I was doing the wrong of never wanting or trying to be better. And now I see that I have been letting things go as they would for a long time. Whatever came into my head I did, and whatever didn’t come into my head I didn’t do. I never sent anything away, and never looked out for anything to come. I haven’t been attending to my mother—or my father either. And now I think of it, I know I have often seen them looking troubled, and I have never asked them what was the matter.

…When people don’t care to be better they must be doing everything wrong.

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