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symbols Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes about symbols
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“Eileen had long white hands. One evening when playing tig she had put her hands over his eyes: long and white and thin and cold and soft. That was ivory: a cold white thing. That was the meaning of Tower of Ivory.”
James Joyce
author
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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symbolism
language
communication
religion
image
symbols
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“The glass held the final laugh...”
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“The past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.”
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“The weaver’s hand had known the touch of hard-won money even before the palm had grown to its full breadth; for twenty years, mysterious money had stood to him as the symbol of earthly good, and the immediate object of toil.”
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“Never forget, the words are not the reality, only reality is reality; picture symbols are the idea, words are confusion.”
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“It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing.”
Francis Wayland Thurston
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“The hero journey is a symbol that binds, in the original sense of the word, two distant ideas, the spiritual quest of the ancients with the modern search for identity.”
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“However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.”
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“Up above her was a tree in a pearly cloud of mistletoe. She did not dare to close her eyes, and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it she spoke to him. ‘That would be acceptable,’ she said. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air.”

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