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It is war now, and armies need symbols.
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However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.
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I don't know a whole lot about symbolism. There seems to me to be a potential danger in symbolism. I feel more comfortable with metaphors and similes.
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The function of (heroic) symbols is to give you a sense of Aha! Yes, I know what it is, it's myself.
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I don't like to be called a symbol. And I don't like to be called an icon. I will just say that I have to work very, very hard. So I'd rather be known as a hard worker. I don't think symbols do much, nor icons.
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Symbols are oracular forms-mysterious patterns creating vortices in the substances of the invisible world.
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The arithmetical symbols are written diagrams and the geometrical figures are graphic formulas.
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Something that is supposed to typify or stand for something else. Many symbols are mere "survivals" - as funereal urns carved on memorial monuments. We cannot stop making them, but we can give them a name that conceals our helplessness.
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Alphabet: a symbolic system used in algebra, with applications that have yet to be discovered by dyslexics and two thirds of college graduates.
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Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.
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A sign is always less than the thing it points to, and a symbol is always more than we can understand at first sight. Therefore we stop at the sign but go on to the goal it indicates; but we remain with the symbol because it promises more than it reveals.
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In this sorry world, the symbol is the thing.
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In symbols one observes an advantage in discovery which is greatest when they express the exact nature of a thing briefly and, as it were, picture it; then indeed the labor of thought is wonderfully diminished.
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Symbols shmimbols. Sure they're important but ... Well look at Ahab's whale. Now there's a great symbol. Some say it stands for god, meaning, and purpose. Others say it stands for purposelessness and the void. But what we sometimes forget is that Ahab's whale was also just a whale.
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Letters are signs of things, symbols of words, whose power is so great that without a voice they speak to us the words of the absent; for they introduce words by the eye, not by the ear.
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A good symbol is the best argument, and is a missionary to persuade thousands.
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Creative thought seems prone to flower in symbols before it ripens to fruit.
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Symbols need not limit their scope to this pendulum swing of images.
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Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.
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The underlying, primary psychic reality is so inconceivably complex that it can be grasped only at the farthest reach of intuition, and then but very dimly. That is why it needs symbols.
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Signs with missing letters can only mean bad things.
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A signal is comprehended if it serves to make us notice the object or situation it bespeaks. A symbol is understood when we conceive the idea it presents.
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A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is one man's comfort and inspiration is another's jest and scorn.
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Sometimes symbolism is too obvious.
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Well, if it's a symbol, to hell with it.
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What happens whenever we convert a writer into a symbol is that we lose the writer himself in all his indefeasible singularity, his particular inimitable genius.
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Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
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Things are symbols of themselves.
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The mystic cannot wholly do without symbol and image, inadequate to his vision though they must always be: for his experience must be expressed if it is to be communicated, and its actuality is inexpressible except in some hint or parallel which will stimulate the dormant intuition of the reader.
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The world rarely shrieks its meaning at you. It whispers, in private languages and obscure modalities, in arcane and quixotic imagery, through symbol systems in which every element has multiple meanings determined by juxtaposition.
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With the manipulation of abstract
symbols, an artist can send you information without sound, change your feelings and,
sometimes, even beliefs. Artists convey the unspeakable. Artists inspire.
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There were signs everywhere but none that I could read or even hope to decipher. These multi-lined symbols unhinged my familiar world.
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The symbol is greater than visible substance ... Unhappy the land that has no symbols, or that chooses their meaning without great care.
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Literature is a writer's secret life recorded in symbols.
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A sign to me is a one-liner, a symbol is very complex and my house is a series of symbols.
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A religious symbol conveys its message even if it is no longer consciously understood in every part. For a symbol speaks to the whole human being and not only to the intelligence.
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Our thesis is that symbols and myths are an expression of man's unique self-consciousness, his capacity to transcend the immediate concrete situation and see his life in terms of 'the possible,' and that this capacity is one aspect of his experiencing himself as a being having a world.
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Sign is a live, contemporaneous, visual-gestural language and consists of hand shapes, hand positioning, facial expressions, and body movements. Simply put, it is for me the most beautiful, immediate, and expressive of languages, because it incorporates the entire human body.
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The natural object is always the adequate symbol.
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Everything is a symbol of something, it seems, until proven otherwise.
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[Graphics] is a strict and simple system of signs, which anyone can learn to use and which leads to better understanding.
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We must not blame our poor symbols if they take forms that seem trivial to us, or absurd, ... however paltry they may be; the nature of our life alone has determined their forms.
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Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing.
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Some of the greatest advances in mathematics have been due to the invention of symbols, which it afterwards became necessary to explain; from the minus sign proceeded the whole theory of negative quantities.
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A storm-beaten old watch-tower,
A blind hermit rings the hour.

All-destroying sword-blade still
Carried by the wandering fool.

Gold-sewn silk on the sword-blade,
Beauty and fool together laid.
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Mercury. Lead. Antimony. A cresent moon sits at the nape of her neck; and Egyptian ankh near her collarbone. There are other symbols as well: Norse runes, Chinese characters.
It is part of who I was, who I am, and who I will be.
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The lives of the poor are rich in symbols.
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All religious expression is symbolism.
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I am intrigued with the shapes people choose as their symbols to create a language. There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines that becomes a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.
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The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol.
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Telling someone about what a symbol means is like telling someone how music should make them feel.
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Reality is symbolic. We build it using only the 26 symbols of the alphabet alongside images that speak to us on a linguistic level built from the 26 symbols of the alphabet.
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When writing is good, everything is symbolic, but symbolic writing is seldom good.
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Put a symbol, or language of some sort, in a painting and it will be noticed by the viewer whether or not they can read that particular language.
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Who rules our symbols, rules us.
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In [5]: x = Symbol("x", real=True)
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When I am very sad, I tend towards symbolism.
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Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.
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You know, when you're in your twenties you use a great deal of symbolism. You somehow think that a character standing beneath a cross is more interesting than a character standing underneath a billboard, but when you get a little older you realize that there's not much difference.
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The language of images [of inner-oriented artists] does not follow a code structure that is evident and widely accepted, but is more likely to be a complex of symbols that have a profound meaning for the artists themselves.
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In enabling mechanism to combine together general symbols in successions of unlimited variety and extent, a uniting link is established between the operations of matter and the abstract mental processes of the most abstract branch of mathematical science.
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Divine symbols which have been given to mankind from time to time speak to that forum of truth which is within our hearts, and waken our consciousness to divine ideas entirely beyond words.
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The Physical Symbol System Hypothesis. A physical symbol system has the necessary and sufficient means for general intelligent action.
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The most elementary communication is not possible without some degree of conformity to the "conventions" of the symbolic system.
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Signs and symbols. They were everything to an occultist. Witness: the sign of the ring. How easily it slipped from her finger as Alexander Kale reached across the sleeping woman in his bed and nimbly removed her wedding ring.
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Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols.
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What are letters?"
"Kinda like mediaglyphics except they're all black, and they're tiny, they don't move, they're old and boring and really hard to read. But you can use 'em to make short words for long words.
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If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention. It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.
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Numbersign questionmark you" and "Asterisk exclamation point the world.
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Great are the symbols of Being, But that which is symboled is greater;
Vast the create and beheld, But vaster the Inward Creator.
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To make this sign, the first and little fingers are upraised and the other fingers folded in towards the palm. This was a secret sign used for recognition purposes by followers of the medieval witch cult who were traditionally worshippers of the pagan Horned God.
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Symbolic forms have always been the supports of civilizations, their laws, and their morality. Since symbolic forms are illusions, and illusions sustain civilization, those who rule must maintain illusion.
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I trust the symbol that is arrived at in the making of the painting. Meaningful symbols aren't invented as such, they are made or discovered as symbol later.
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For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence.
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We photographers are poets in the language of symbols.
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I paint to evoke a changing language of symbols, a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities which direct us toward ultimate reality.
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According to Jung, the symbol is 'a third thing' that lies outside of the opposites; creativity must come from outside the individual, so that the whole self is a matter of discovery.
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The sign is determined at the moment I use it and for the object of which it must form a part. For this reason I cannot determine in advance signs which never change, and which would be like writing: that would paralyze the freedom of my invention.
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Mathematics has no symbols for confused ideas.
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It is unwise to make something permanent when the whole world is shifting. There may be a time when this symbol means something treacherous and terrible, rather than something noble and literate.
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All our knowledge is symbolic.
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Iconography, good iconography, strives to convey invisible reality in a visible form.
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When quick results are imperative, the manipulation of the masses through symbols may be the only quick way of having a critical thing done.
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All things are symbols: the external shows Of Nature have their image in the mind , As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves.
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The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body, and they express its materiality every bit as much as the perceiving consciousness. The symbol is thus a living body
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I think I have never yet done any work with the aim of symbolizing a particular idea, but the fact that a symbol is sometimes discovered or remarked upon is valuable for me because it makes it easier to accept the inexplicable nature of my hobbies, which constantly preoccupy me.
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The symbol in the dream has more the value of a parable: it does not conceal, it teaches.
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If ever I were to have a symbol attributed to me, it would be a heart, the outline!
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Regarding language as an apparatus of symbols for the conveyance of thought, we may say that, as in a mechanical apparatus, the more simple and the better arranged its parts, the greater will be the effect produced.
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People need symbols, something greater than their own lives.
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The problem is almost everybody is just recording the world with home photographic toys, not doing metaphor or ideas. We have a photographic culture that's not conditioned to think in terms of symbol.
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The sign for which I forge an image has no value if it doesn't harmonize with other signs, which I must determine in the course of my invention and which are completely peculiar to it.
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There were many markings in pencil, and those strange symbols again, dashed off, it seemed, revealing their opacity what a complex and abstract thing written language is.
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All language is a set of symbols whose use among its speakers assumes a share past
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Sometimes we don't even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.
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Artistic symbols and myths speak out of the primordial, preconscious realm of the mind which is powerful and chaotic. Both symbol and myth are ways of bringing order and form into this chaos.
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The notion of representing a sound by a graphic symbol is itself so stupefying a leap of the imagination that what is remarkable is not so much that it happened relatively late in human history, but that it happened at all.
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Gray hairs signify old age, not wisdom.
Muscles signify strength, not health.
Laughter signifies amusement, not joy.
Weeping signifies pain, not weakness.
Smiling signifies courteousness, not love.
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In this I conformed to my usual manner of thinking in symbols; this because the things of the invisible world attract me more than those of actual life
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The importance of an artist is bringing new signs into a language.