Symbolism quotes

  • The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
    -- A. E. Waite

    #Symbolism #Tarot #Language

  • I think they are very important because westerns have a code and a symbolism.
    -- Aaron Eckhart

    #Thinking #Symbolism #Important

  • The symbolism - and the substantive significance - of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis.
    -- Al Gore

    #Children #Men #Symbolism

  • Symbolism is no mere idle fancy or corrupt degeneration: it is inherent in the very texture of human life.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Life #Symbolism #Texture

  • I have a horror of tags and labels. I don't understand, for instance, how people can talk about Bergman's "symbolism". Far from being symbolic, be seems to me, through and almost biological naturalism, to arrive at the spiritual truth about human life that is important to him.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Spiritual #Symbolism #People

  • Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone.
    -- Andrew Eldritch

    #Art #Symbolism #Gestures

  • Superficially insignificant or accidental looking detail (in art) may well carry the most important unconscious symbolism.
    -- Anton Ehrenzweig

    #Art #Symbolism #Important

  • There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #Symbolism #Hopeful #Cynical

  • It began in images and it ended in symbolism.
    -- B. W. Powe


  • I think a lot of bands are influenced by religious symbolism and not even necessarily Christianity or Catholicism.
    -- Chino Moreno

    #Religious #Thinking #Symbolism

  • When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular feeling about the family, they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism of family values for their own purposes.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Symbolism #Feelings #Purpose

  • The opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics are mass satanic rituals disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport. Their medium is the language of symbolism.
    -- David Icke

    #Sports #Symbolism #Satanic

  • I don't like symbolism that hits you over the head. A symbol should not be a cymbal.
    -- Edward Albee

    #Symbolism #Cymbals #Should

  • No important national language, at least in the Occidental world, has complete regularity of grammatical structure, nor is there a single logical category which is adequately and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
    -- Edward Sapir

    #Symbolism #Important #World

  • All nature is a vast symbolism: Every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.
    -- Edwin Powell Hubble

    #Spiritual #Nature #Symbolism

  • The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.
    -- Enya

    #Ocean #Journey #Symbolism

  • Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust upon him should try to get along without it for a week.
    -- Eric Temple Bell

    #Engineering #Symbolism #Trying

  • Thus the creative genius may be at once nave and knowledgeable, being at home equally to primitive symbolism and to rigorous logic. He is both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.
    -- Frank X. Barron

    #Home #Symbolism #Average

  • The creative genius may be at once naive and knowledgeable, being at home equally with primitive symbolism and rigorous logic.
    -- Frank X. Barron

    #Home #Symbolism #Creative

  • I don't really care where I work, actually, because you know making a movie is like living in movie world. There's such a secluded world, and the director is the king ruling the country, and everybody's building this little town to speak in symbolism.
    -- Franka Potente

    #Country #Kings #Symbolism

  • Some distance away is a white azalea bush which stuns me with its stately beauty.____ This is pristine natural beauty. it is irrepressible, seeks no reward, and is without goal, a beauty derived neither from symbolism nor metaphor and needing neither analogies nor associations.
    -- Gao Xingjian

    #Distance #Azaleas #Symbolism

  • The fifth and by far the most important reason is that stoning is literally a means of crushing the murderer's head by means of a rock, which is symbolic of God. This is analogous to the crushing of the head of the serpent in Genesis 3:15. This symbolism testifies to the final victory of God over all the hosts of Satan. Stoning is therefore integral to the commandment against murder.
    -- Gary North

    #Crush #Mean #Symbolism

  • When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend, it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
    -- Gene Tierney

    #Symbolism #Important #Easy

  • I seldom deal in symbolisms; if there be hidden meanings in my verse, they are there without my knowledge.
    -- George Edward Woodberry

    #Symbolism #Hidden Meaning #Deals

  • Truth speaks best in the language of poetry and symbolism, I think.
    -- Grant Morrison

    #Thinking #Symbolism #Language

  • In a painful time of my life I went often to a wooded hillside where May apples grew by the hundreds, and I thought the sourness of their fruit had a symbolism for me. Instead, I was to find both love and happiness soon thereafter. So to me [the May apple] is the mandrake, the love symbol, of the old dealers in plant restoratives.
    -- Hal Borland

    #Symbolism #Apples #Happiness And Love

  • If you wear a hoodie but aren't registered to vote, you got the symbolism but missed the substance.
    -- Jesse Jackson

    #Symbolism #Substance #Vote

  • Symbolism perhaps is a bit in your face, and I've tried my best to control that as best I can as I've grown older and thought that one could approach something with a little more subtlety.
    -- John Schlesinger

    #Symbolism #Littles #Faces

  • Mahatma Gandhi was a man of peace and non-violence and lived by the Hindu principle of ahimsa, action based on refusal to do harm. As his war-strewn presidency shows, George Bush knows nothing about ahimsa and non-violence. Bush should reconsider this cynical, disrespectful display of symbolism.
    -- Kevin Martin

    #War #Men #Symbolism

  • My work is a fusion of personal experiences and influences - moody atmospheres, victorian-inspired couture, and timeless elements all laced with clandestine symbolism. The figures I paint exist in their own esoteric realm and time, and each painting offers a glimpse into their anomalous world.
    -- Lori Earley

    #Symbolism #Atmosphere #Fusion

  • To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books. It has always seemed to me that symbolism should be restored to the structure of world education. The young are no longer invited to seek the hidden truths, dynamic and eternal, locked within the shapes and behavior of living beings.
    -- Manly Hall

    #Book #Symbolism #Touching

  • I'm obviously attuned to pick up mathematics whenever I can see it. But in Mozart there is a lot of conscious use of mathematical symbolism and numbers in order to try and give messages.
    -- Marcus du Sautoy

    #Order #Symbolism #Numbers

  • The symbolism of meat-eating is never neutral. To himself, the meat-eater seems to be eating life. To the vegetarian, he seems to be eating death. There is a kind of gestalt-shift between the two positions which makes it hard to change, and hard to raise questions on the matter at all without becoming embattled.
    -- Mary Midgley

    #Two #Symbolism #Gestalt

  • For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy.
    -- Maurice Ravel

    #Men #Thinking #Symbolism

  • I question the negative connotations of fabric, of ribbon, of lace. I turn these symbols of our imprisonment around.
    -- Miriam Schapiro

    #Quilts #Symbolism #Fabric

  • I have painted and drawn bulls for some time because of their density and all the symbolism they carry.
    -- Paul Emsley

    #Symbolism #Bulls #Density

  • 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.
    -- Paul Schrader

    #Character #Thinking #Symbolism

  • By the late Nineties, we had become a more visual nation. Big-money taste moved to global standards - new architecture, design and show-off contemporary art. The Sloane domestic aesthetic - symmetry, class symbolism and brown furniture - became as unfashionable as it had been hot in the early Eighties.
    -- Peter York

    #Art #Class #Symbolism

  • The profuse phallic symbolism of chess provides some fantasy gratification of the homosexual wish, particularly the desire for mutual masturbation.
    -- Reuben Fine

    #Symbolism #Desire #Wish

  • The language of art is powerful to those who understand it, and puzzling to those who do not. What we do know is that here was the modern human mind at work, spinning symbolism and abstraction in a way that only Homo sapiens is capable of doing.
    -- Richard Leakey

    #Art #Powerful #Symbolism

  • After all, we did not invent symbolism; it is a universal age-old activity of the human imagination.
    -- Sigmund Freud

    #Symbolism #Imagination #Age

  • Western people often see obscenity where there is only symbolism.
    -- Sir John Woodroffe

    #Symbolism #People #Obscenity

  • Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity.
    -- Stephen King

    #Symbolism #Profundity

  • Modern critics, who refuse to let a plain thing alone, have now started a theory that Cervantes's work is a vast piece of "symbolism." If so, Cervantes didn't know it himself and nobody thought of it for three hundred years. He meant it as a satire upon the silly romances of chivalry.
    -- Stephen Leacock

    #Silly #Years #Symbolism

  • I usually dont like to spoon feed my audience, because I grew up idolizing story tellers who tell stories using symbolism, so it was in my nature to do the same.
    -- The Weeknd

    #Symbolism #Spoons #Stories

  • In mockery I have set A powerful emblem up, And sing it rhyme upon rhyme In mockery of a time Half dead at the top.
    -- William Butler Yeats

    #Powerful #Symbolism #Half

  • I wish that our culture could retain the symbolism and emotional power of traditional religion while combining it with reason and science and using the combination to enhance our humanity rather than impoverishing it by choosing the one side or the other.
    -- Allen W. Wood

    #Emotional #Symbolism #Humanity

  • I took back a barrel of bones to New York. They were my symbols of the desert, but nothing more. I haven't seen enough to think of any other symbolism. The skulls were there and I could say something with them.
    -- Georgia O'Keeffe

    #New York #Thinking #Symbolism

  • I still write in literary Arabic but I try to rid it of the rhetoric, the symbolism, and the stuff that ordinary people don't understand.
    -- Hassan Blasim

    #Writing #Symbolism #People

  • Playing with different genres and perspectives and ways of telling stories is one of the perks of being a novelist, but at the same time, I want precision. And in order to be precise about stuff, you have to get personal. Symbolism is very boring.
    -- Linn Ullmann

    #Symbolism #Order #Perspective

  • I think that a symbolism is attached to particular images, becomes marked in the unconscious. To exorcise it, to rearrange it, to reshape it, to make it my own, involves unearthing it, describing it, deploying it inform, and then rearranging it.
    -- Sarah Charlesworth

    #Thinking #Symbolism #Rearranging

  • Food is life. Food is also very sensual, and in Pushing Daisies, pie being reflective of life and a man who was disconnected from the living but could bring the dead back to life being a pie maker felt like I got the symbolism of food as life.
    -- Bryan Fuller

    #Men #Symbolism #Pie

  • In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value, this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates a sort of accompaniment to the signified.
    -- Roman Jakobson

    #Symbolism #Sound #Language

  • Poets use metaphors and symbolism to construct images. I construct my images in the same way, except that I am using a different form.
    -- Shirin Neshat

    #Symbolism #Different #Use

  • I am automatically suspicious of things that wave their symbolism around and do little dances and bludgeon you over the head so that you [Darn] Well Know There's A Symbol Here.
    -- Ursula Vernon

    #Symbolism #Littles #Wave

  • Trump is what Obama critics think Obama is: Someone who's focused on symbolism rather than substance.
    -- Jonathan Chait

    #Thinking #Symbolism #Substance

  • The symbolism in any kind of dance allows for recall, reenactment, and reexperience of events for purposes of resisting, reducing, transforming, and escaping stress.
    -- Judith Lynne Hanna

    #Stress #Escaping #Symbolism