Readings & Meanings:
Without pushing, push this door to open.
That politician quoted "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshida_Sh%C5%8Din">Yoshida Shoin in his speech.
弓 is a pictograph of a drawn bow, as in a bow and arrow. The vertical line on the right of 引 merely emphasizes the straightness or extremity of the drawing of the bow.
It'd be pretty tough for you in Japan if you didn't learn this kanji right away, along with its opposite, 押. 引 or 押 are on almost every public door. 引 means Pull and 押 means Push.
But aside from the literal meaning of "pull," 引 combines with other kanji to add a sense of "taking away from," "withdrawing," etc. Check these out:
- 万引き - shoplifting
- 割引 - discount
- 引越し - moving (to another house)