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symbols Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes about symbols
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “The glass held the final laugh...”
  3. #3
    “The past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “Never forget, the words are not the reality, only reality is reality; picture symbols are the idea, words are confusion.”
  6. #6
    “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.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.”
  9. #9
    “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.”