Quotes and Sayings about Symbol



"Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Life, Poetry, Attitude)

"I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist."
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Related: Art, Politics, Literature)

"I hate the whole reluctant sex-symbol thing. It's such bull. You see these dudes greased up, in their underwear, talking about how they don't want to be a sex symbol."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Sex, Hate, Symbol, Talking, Want)

"Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Soul, Emotion, Self, Symbol, Tears)

"There's no way I set out to be a certain kind of symbol - the way I dress is the way I am, the way I live my life."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: Life, Dress, Symbol)

"Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: Life, Moments, Talking)

"Matter as matter rather than matter as symbol is a conscious political position, essentially Marxist."
- Carl Andre
(Related: Symbol)

"I don't know what it means to be a sex symbol. When I look myself on a magazine cover I don't see it as me, but as someone painted, fluffed, puffed and done up."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"I was asked to be in Vogue but I said no. I didn't want to advertise make-up. I didn't want to be seen as a sex symbol."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Sex, Symbol, Want)

"Symbols are the imaginative signposts of life."
- Margot Asquith
(Related: Life)

"An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Quality, American, Day, Present, Quantity, Reading, State, World)

"Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Religion, Self, Symbol, Words)

"The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?"
- Hugo Ball
(Related: Paradise, Language)

"Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: God, Clouds)

"The runway symbolizes something in society that's very intimidating to women."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Society, Women)

"What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star. But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Character, Disney, Mouse, Symbol)

"The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation's birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq's battlefields."
- Joe Barton
(Related: Men, Women, Birthday, Act, American, Democracy, Iraq, Justice, Liberty, Nation, Symbol)

"I think any girl who comes to Hollywood with sex symbol or bombshell hanging over her has a rough road."
- Kim Basinger
(Related: Sex, Hollywood, Road, Symbol)

"Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Nature, Temple, Living, Man, Words)

"In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods."
- Stephen Bayley
(Related: Age, Experience, Church, Choice, Innocence, Religious, Shops, World)

"In just the same way the thousands of successive positions of a runner are contracted into one sole symbolic attitude, which our eye perceives, which art reproduces, and which becomes for everyone the image of a man who runs."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Art, Attitude, Eye, Man)

"I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel. As mayor, I am an international symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?"
- Marion Berry
(Related: Israel, Symbol, Washington)

"I wished to go completely outside and to make a symbolic start for my enterprise of regenerating the life of humankind within the body of society and to prepare a positive future in this context."
- Joseph Beuys
(Related: Life, Society, Positive, Body, Future)

"It's true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails."
- Benazir Bhutto
(Related: Hope, Country, Democracy, Dictatorship, Sense, Symbol)

"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Power, Country, Fool, Symbol)

"Spock was the sex symbol. A lot of people think it was Kirk. But, no, it was really Spock."
- Jolene Blalock
(Related: Sex, People, Symbol)

"So we in Congress have a very clear choice. We can take largely symbolic action and sit back and fiddle while Americans burn more gasoline. Or we can pass concrete, effective legislation that will save consumers money while significantly reducing U.S. oil consumption."
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Related: Money, Action, Americans, Choice, Congress, Legislation, Oil, Will)

"Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Faith, People, American, Congress, Ending, Listening, Symbol, Washington)

"For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Time, Wedding, Home, Husband, Job, Symbol, Temptation, Years)

"Villa Grande has in many ways symbolized an important, but less than pleasant, part of our history."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: History)

"I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image."
- David Bowie
(Related: Sex, Mother, People, Symbol)

"Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully."
- William C. Bryant
(Related: Art, Imagination, Poetry, Thought)

"Everybody in Hollywood loves symbolic gestures."
- Drew Carey
(Related: Hollywood)

"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood."
- George Carlin
(Related: Symbol, Want, Wood)

"In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Government, Wisdom, People, Symbol)

"At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective thing that can't win for everyone, while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random symbol for petty tribal behavior."
- John Carmack
(Related: Behavior, Entertainment, Symbol)

"I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ."
- Fidel Castro
(Related: Ideas, Christ, Contradiction, Symbol)

"On a scale personal enough to be felt by all, but big enough to be symbolic, the two irreconcilable faiths of our time - Communism and Freedom - came to grips in the persons of two conscious and resolute men."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Men, Time, Communism, Freedom)

"I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!"
- Tracy Chapman
(Related: Death, Questions, Songs, Weather)

"The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Power, Meaning, Symbol)

"Our great symbol for the Goddess is the moon, whose three aspects reflect the three stages in women's lives and whose cycles of waxing and waning coincide with women's menstrual cycles."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Women, Moon, Symbol)

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Fact, Flags)

"All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable."
- Paul Claudel
(Related: Dignity, Expression, Meaning, Symbol)

"American and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Home, America, American, Democracy, Freedom, Israel, Liberty, Nations, Symbol)

"They are the most fascinating, intelligent, resourceful, adaptable animals I have ever seen. Grizzlies are a real symbol of true wildness."
- Jim Cole
(Related: Animals, Symbol)

"Mrs. Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement. She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things."
- Jim Costa
(Related: People, Being, Civil rights, Symbol, Woman)

"And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before."
- Hart Crane
(Related: Poetry, Fancy, Now, Office, Present, Symbol, Writing)

"Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Symbol, Unity)

"Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Equality, Belief, American, Martin)

"Mr. Burns is a father symbol to me, and you can omit the word symbol."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Father, Symbol, Word)

"We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Technology, Culture, Deep, May, Space)

"Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end."
- Walt Disney
(Related: End, Independence, Mouse, Symbol)

"I don't mind being a symbol but I don't want to become a monument. There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I've seen what the pigeons do to them."
- Tommy Douglas
(Related: Being, Mind, Monument, Monuments, Parliament, Pigeons, Symbol, Want)

"Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Beauty, Poetry, Body)

"Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Mother, Earth, Forbidden, Humanity, Symbol, Universe, Woman)

"Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Deed, Meaning, Names, Religious, Spirit)

"Thus we have at least a national song that unites all Germans, and is the symbol of our sixty-million nation."
- Friedrich Ebert
(Related: Nation, Song, Symbol)

"I think they are very important because westerns have a code and a symbolism."
- Aaron Eckhart
"It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved."
- Irwin Edman
(Related: Men, Logic, Myth, Reason, Symbol)

"Information comes through to me in 3 basic ways seen, hearing, and feeling the energy of the person that's crossed over. In which it is a symbolic type of language."
- John Edward
(Related: Energy, Feeling, Hearing, Information, Language)

"It's appropriate to celebrate public service, and the thoughtful people who choose to serve. They symbolize what is good and decent about this historic citizen legislature, and we thank them."
- Robert. L. Ehrlich
(Related: People, Public, Service, Thoughtful)

"Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone."
- Andrew Eldritch
(Related: Art)

"Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty."
- George Eliot
(Related: Love, Marriage, Children, Duty, Symbol)

"I don't want to be known as a sex symbol. There's a great stigma that goes with that tag. I want to be a Sam Elliott."
- Sam Elliott
(Related: Sex, Symbol, Want)

"We are symbols, and inhabit symbols."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Mistake, Symbol)

"Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Fact, Spiritual, Symbol)

"The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey."
- Enya
(Related: Journey, Ocean)

"When terrorists attacked the symbols of our national unity and strength, they failed to realize that they were just symbols of our strength. The real strength of our nation comes from our people - not our buildings."
- Michael Enzi
(Related: People, Strength, Nation, Unity)

"UNC symbolizes something special. When you get chills you know you belong here."
- Lorrie Fair
"Let me say this: I believe closing Guantanamo is in our Nation's national security interest. Guantanamo is used not only by al-Qaida, but also by other nations, governments, and individuals - people good and bad - as a symbol of America's abuse of Muslims, and it is fanning the flames of anti-Americanism around the world."
- Diane Feinstein
(Related: People, Abuse, America, Interest, Nation, National security, Nations, Symbol, World)

"The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: History, American, Freedom, Pride, Symbol)

"Space exploration is important research to our economic and national defense, and America's space program is a symbol of our success as a scientifically and technologically advanced nation."
- Randy Forbes
(Related: Success, America, Defense, Exploration, Nation, Research, Space, Symbol)

"It's rather amusing at my advanced age to become a sex symbol."
- John Forsythe
(Related: Age, Sex, Symbol)

"I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That's what our purpose is in this business. You're merchandised, you're a product. You're sold and it's based on sex. But that's okay. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Women, Business, Sex, Purpose, Hollywood)

"The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: American, Democracy, Freedom, Symbol, World)

"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."
- Robert Frank
(Related: Hope, Colors, Despair, Mankind, Photography)

"For lack of a better term, they've labeled me a sex symbol. It's flattering and it should happen to every bald, overweight guy."
- Dennis Franz
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit, as well as social and economic change. It requires symbolic as well as practical action."
- Malcolm Fraser
(Related: Change, Heart, Action, Spirit)

"Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life."
- Margaret Fuller
(Related: Art, Life, Fact, Symbol)

"For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Disability)

"The mere thought of divorce terrified me. To me, divorce symbolized failure."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Thought, Failure, Divorce)

"The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness."
- Marcus Garvey
(Related: Greatness, Shame, Skin, Symbol)

"The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother's love is the best symbol for love and compassion, because it is totally disinterested."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Love, Mother, Compassion, Symbol)

"My yachts were, I suppose, outstanding status symbols."
- Paul Getty
"I think every religious person should have a deep sense of respect for other people's religious documents and religious symbols just as we were deeply opposed to the Taliban destroying the two historic buddhas which they blew up. So I think we ought to all oppose burning the Koran."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: People, Koran, Deep, Religious, Respect, Sense)

"In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function."
- Michael Graves
(Related: Architecture)

"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."
- Morris Graves
(Related: Language, Reality)

"The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Truth, Being, Kindness, Lies, Mathematicians, Symbol, Value, Worth)

"When quick results are imperative, the manipulation of the masses through symbols may be the only quick way of having a critical thing done."
- John Grierson
(Related: Manipulation, May, Quick, Results)

"What was new was the symbolic force of the targets struck. The attackers did not just physically cause the highest buildings in Manhattan to collapse; they also destroyed an icon in the household imagery of the American nation."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: American, Cause, Force, Nation)

"In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better."
- John B. S. Haldane
(Related: Thought, Emotion, Fact, Words)

"Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people."
- Alex Haley
(Related: Family, People)

"Every phenomenon of nature was a word, - the sign, symbol and pledge of a new, mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union, participation and community of divine energies and ideas."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Nature, Ideas, Community, Participation, Symbol, Word)

"In recent decades this symbolic or metaphorical lyric has given way to one which leans toward metonymy."
- Thomas Harrison
"I get myself a gig somewhere, whether it's in a club, whether it's in a bar, it doesn't matter, and I just work on New Year's Eve because I always feel it's very symbolic for me for the next year, for the new year."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Work, New year)

"Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Business, Religion, American, Baseball, Spirit)

"Programmers and marketing people know how to get into your subconscious - they spend millions of dollars researching colors, shapes, designs, symbols, that affect your preferences, and they can make you feel warm, trusting, like buying. They can manipulate you."
- Richard Hatch
(Related: People, Buying, Colors, Marketing)

"Of course, it gave the studio an enormous power, because I don't know any other place who had that skill with images to communicate with. And the need of these kinds of images are even greater now than they ever were because we are losing our life symbols."
- John Hench
(Related: Life, Power, Losing, Now, Skill)

"We don't have too much ritual in our life anymore. And these life symbols which people rely on to keep their feeling of well being, that life is not too bad after all are required more and more."
- John Hench
(Related: Life, People, Being, Feeling, Ritual)

"It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself."
- Jim Henson
(Related: People, Symbol, Trying, Will)

"A mayor is a symbol and a public face of what a city bureaucracy provides its citizens."
- John Hickenlooper
(Related: Bureaucracy, Public, Symbol)

"But even in the Christian religion, much of its real meaning is hidden by words that are misleading and symbols that but few understand."
- Ernest Holmes
(Related: Religion, Christian, Meaning, Misleading, Words)

"I'm not alone, I'm free. I no longer have to be a credit, I don't have to be a symbol to anybody; I don't have to be a first to anybody."
- Lena Horne
(Related: Credit, First, Symbol)

"Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Architecture, Thought, Ideas, Race, Religious, Symbol)

"Just carrying a ruler with you in your pocket should be forbidden, at least on a moral basis. The ruler is the symbol of the new illiteracy. The ruler is the symptom of the new disease, disintegration of our civilisation."
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser
(Related: Disease, Forbidden, Symbol)

"When language was not transcendental enough to complete the meaning of a revelation, symbols were relied upon for heavenly teaching, and familiar images, chosen from the known, were made to mirror the unknown spiritual truth."
- William H. Hunt
(Related: Truth, Language, Meaning, Spiritual, Teaching)

"Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Boredom, Freedom, Liberty, Pleasure, Symbol)

"I actually share her view and understand her frustration when any government attempts to ban secular symbols like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Christmas lights."
- Steve Israel
(Related: Government, Christmas, Frustration, Santa claus)

"In a way, the sense of quality has improved, the status symbol of the small things is gone, and it is acceptable to use stainless steel, even if the neighbour uses silver."
- Arne Jacobsen
(Related: Quality, Sense, Symbol)

"The search for the symbolic value of phonemes, each taken as a whole, runs the risk of giving rise to ambiguous and trivial interpretations because phonemes are complex entities, bundles of different distinctive features."
- Roman Jakobson
(Related: Giving, Risk, Value)

"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
(Related: Language, Sound, Value)

"The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Failure, Bombs)

"If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine."
- Diana Wynne Jones
(Related: Myth)

"I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Artist, World)

"One can hardly be Indian and not know that almost every accent, which hand you eat your food with, has some deeper symbolic truth, reality."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Food, Truth, Reality)

"Courtrooms contain every symbol of authority that a set designer could imagine. Everyone stands up when you come in. You wear a costume identifying you as, if not quite divine, someone special."
- Irving R. Kaufman
(Related: Authority, Symbol)

"A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it."
- Corita Kent
(Related: Harmony, Painting, Rest, Symbol, Universe, World)

"The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes."
- Alan Keyes
(Related: Time, Battle, Slavery, Stars, Symbol)

"I support mosques, obviously. We need churches, temples, mosques. Whatever people use to speak with their god or to receive spiritual inspiration is good for the country. But the symbolism of it at ground zero, within two blocks or three blocks, I believe is wrong."
- Peter King
(Related: God, People, Inspiration, Churches, Country, Spiritual, Support, Wrong)

"The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of the theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions - even parading without a permit!"
- David Kirk
(Related: Truth, Actions, Poor, Theatre)

"In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher dimensions, the better."
- Paul Klee
(Related: Execution, May, Self, Symbol)

"And, unlike the earlier bombing on the World Trade Center, a major landmark and symbol of the strength of the financial world was, not just damaged but, totally destroyed."
- Allen Klein
(Related: Financial, Strength, Symbol, Trade, World)

"Kennedy had been assassinated a month or so before. So we walked to the grave of John Kennedy and ended our walking symbolically at the Arlington National Cemetery."
- Satish Kumar
(Related: Grave, Walking)

"We emphasize that such a form of communication is not absent in man, however evanescent a naturally given object may be for him, split as it is in its submission to symbols."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: Communication, Man, May)

"For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: Nature, Absence, Being, Symbol, Uniqueness)

"As is known, it is in the realm of experience inaugurated by psychoanalysis that we may grasp along what imaginary lines the human organism, in the most intimate recesses of its being, manifests its capture in a symbolic dimension."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: Experience, Being, May, Psychoanalysis)

"Aside from that reservation, a fictive tale even has the advantage of manifesting symbolic necessity more purely to the extent that we may believe its conception arbitrary."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: May, Necessity)

"I wasn't a sex symbol, I was a sex zombie."
- Veronica Lake
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"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."
- Susanne Langer
(Related: Idea, Symbol)

"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
(Related: Family, Strength, Values, Feeling, Liberals, Popular, Rhetoric)

"Ostensibly rigorous and realistic, contemporary conservatism is an ideology of denial. Its symbol is a smile button."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Conservatism, Denial, Ideology, Smile, Symbol)

"I would never know how to sell myself as a sex symbol. That's not how I'm programmed."
- Jude Law
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"Men do not have to cook their food; they do so for symbolic reasons to show they are men and not beasts."
- Edmund Leach
(Related: Men, Food)

"The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don't know. It's woman. It's feminine. That's what the sword is about. That's the symbolic meaning of the sword."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Men, Existence, Meaning, Woman)

"Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols."
- George Henry Lewes
(Related: Art, Language)

"When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Wedding, March, Race)

"I was in Asia and people asked me about being considered sex symbol. I don't know if that's good or not, because where I come from, sex isn't something you're allowed to talk about."
- Bai Ling
(Related: Sex, People, Being, Symbol, Talk)

"You have to be born a sex symbol. You don't become one. If you're born with it, you'll have it even when you're 100 years old."
- Sophia Loren
(Related: Sex, Old, Symbol, Years)

"Light is the symbol of truth."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Truth, Light, Symbol)

"I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I've done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier?"
- Douglas MacArthur
(Related: Time, Life, Soul, American, Honor, Journey, Symbol, Will)

"I have no illusions at all about being a sex symbol. None of my former girlfriends ever thought of me that way, and I don't have any packs of women chasing me down the street like a Brad Pitt or someone like that."
- Tobey Maguire
(Related: Women, Sex, Thought, Being, Girlfriends, Symbol)

"People say there's no trace of an accent anymore, and there isn't because I worked very hard to lose it. And the reason I did that is a British accent in America is a real status symbol."
- John Mahoney
(Related: People, America, Reason, Symbol)

"I'm not playing myself. It's a symbolic situation, where I want to introduce a fascist behind the table. I couldn't have had anybody else do that; for it to be successful, I had to do it myself."
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf
(Related: Successful, Want)

"I am not a sexy woman, I'm not beautiful, I'm not a sex kitten, I don't flirt with people, yet I've been tagged more of sex symbol than women who truly are and I that's solely because I don't reveal too much: people are curious."
- Shirley Manson
(Related: Women, Sex, People, Symbol, Woman)

"This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America's independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear."
- Kenny Marchant
(Related: Values, Admiration, America, Country, Independence, Glory, Nation, Old, Respect)

"I know I have sex appeal, but I've never felt like an actual sex symbol. Fans sometimes think I am. The majority of them are sweet about it, but occasionally somebody weird becomes totally fixated upon me."
- Teena Marie
(Related: Sex, Fans, Majority, Sex appeal, Symbol)

"Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Nature, Work, Reality)

"I'm not a sex symbol."
- Jenny McCarthy
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"Michael Moore became an industry hero and the most visible symbol of the Hollywood left."
- Michael Medved
(Related: Hollywood, Symbol)

"My jersey hanging from the ceiling is going to be a symbol of the hard work of the people I played with."
- Mark Messier
(Related: Work, People, Hard work, Symbol)

"The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: American, Country, Flying, Glory, Old, Symbol, Years)

"Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: History, Countries, Forget, Language, Literary, Living, Past, Tradition)

"Around 1967 Dan Bobrow wrote a program to do algebra problems based on symbols rather than numbers."
- Marvin Minsky
(Related: Numbers, Problems)

"Mick Jagger, his face was very new. It became a sex symbol."
- Isaac Mizrahi
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"If I was a sex symbol, I would be getting laid a lot more than I am now."
- Moby
(Related: Sex, Now, Symbol)

"A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing."
- Marilyn Monroe
(Related: Sex, Hate, Symbol)

"Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered."
- Marilyn Monroe
(Related: Sex, Being, Hurt, Symbol)

"Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: People, Divorce, Names, Want)

"To speak, therefore, of an electric current in the nerves, is to use quite as symbolic an expression as if we compared the action of the nervous principle with light or magnetism."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Action, Expression, Light, Nerves)

"Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Life, Fact, Today)

"The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Power, Art, Creativity, Culture, Energy, Living)

"Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Truth, Words)

"I think it will be helpful to people because I know the expectations that are put on you as a sex symbol, and how Marilyn Monroe suffered and so on, and I was able to get free of that."
- Kim Novak
(Related: Sex, People, Expectations, Symbol, Will)

"Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Authority, Inventions, Passion)

"Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is the brand image."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Thought, Symbol)

"If all things were made through Him, clearly so must the splendid revelations have been which were made to the fathers and prophets, and became to them the symbols of the sacred mysteries of religion."
- Origen
(Related: Religion, Fathers)

"The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols, dealing apparently with purely formal truths, may still reach results of endless importance for our description of the physical universe."
- Karl Pearson
(Related: Importance, May, Results, Universe)

"No nude scenes. No sex-symbol parts. I want people to recognize me for my work, not just for being pretty."
- Robin Wright Penn
(Related: Work, Sex, People, Being, Pretty, Want)

"The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives."
- Pericles
(Related: Men, Earth, Symbol)

"The best leaders... almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols."
- Thomas J. Peters
(Related: Leaders)

"Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies to the rest of the world."
- Harold Pinter
(Related: Attitude, Iraq, Rest, Symbol, World)

"Although I agree that wild horses are a symbol of the American West, I also believe that it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that these animals are managed, protected, and controlled in an effective manner."
- Jon Porter
(Related: American, Animals, Congress, Horses, Responsibility, Symbol)

"Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality."
- Dennis Potter
(Related: Childhood, Personality, Will, Words)

"The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: People, Act, Quiet)

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail."
- John Wesley Powell
(Related: Art, Language, Speech, Wonders)

"In some South Pacific cultures, a speaker holds a conch shell as a symbol of temporary position of authority. Leaders must understand who holds the conch that is, who should be listened to and when."
- Max de Pree
(Related: Authority, Leaders, Symbol)

"I never think of myself as any kind of sex symbol, but I get letters from all over, all sorts. It's really cool. I get a lot from inmates, which is kind of scary. But the best was the guy who wanted to send me a plane ticket to fly me to his prom."
- Laura Prepon
(Related: Sex, Letters, Symbol)

"We shall say clearly that any symbol conspicuously displaying religious affiliation in school is prohibited."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Religious, School, Symbol)

"Full participation in government and society has been a basic right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship and equal protection of all."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Government, Society, Citizenship, Country, Participation, Protection, Right)

"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
(Related: Nature, Admiration, Direction, Man)

"The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Work, Art, Symbol)

"It was Jung who first said to explain the symbol as if talking to a man from mars who knew nothing about our life on earth."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Life, Earth, First, Man, Nothing, Symbol, Talking)

"The Ten Commandments are the most visible symbol because these commandments are recognized by Christians and Jews alike as being the foundation of our system of public morality."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Morality, Being, Public, Symbol)

"There are times in history where a particular doctrine becomes a symbol of a greater problem."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: History, Doctrine, Symbol)

"If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas."
- Mark Rothko
(Related: Ideas, Myths, Titles)

"It's going to be a symbolic thing. But for me, they did enough."
- Rosie Ruiz
"This monument is going to be built as a symbol."
- Bill Russell
(Related: Monument, Symbol)

"The book of Revelation is written largely in symbols."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
"The whole sex symbol or babe thing doesn't bother me."
- Jeri Ryan
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"But I started it when I was going through a transitional time in my life. At the end of it, it really sort of symbolized it. I had made room to change, and room to grow. I recorded it in a little room."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Time, Change, Life, End)

"While it is important to maintain a balanced approach to solving our nation's energy problems, we must commit ourselves to recognize some areas as 'off limits,' and the Artic National Wildlife Reserve is a national symbol of that commitment."
- Ken Salazar
(Related: Commitment, Energy, Limits, Nation, Problems, Symbol, Wildlife)

"The 'movement' is paramount, the concept of 'family' is the symbol we wish to project."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Project, Symbol)

"A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud."
- George Santayana
(Related: Change, Experience, Fraud, Symbol)

"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
(Related: Language, World)

"A common allegiance to form of expression that is identified with no single national unit is likely to prove one of the most potent symbols of the freedom of the human spirit that the world has yet known."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Expression, Freedom, Spirit, World)

"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
(Related: Thought, Control)

"Under Hitler it was the entrepreneurial and professional classes who were the first victims of Nazi boycotts and exclusion. Today it is Israel, the most powerful symbol of Jewish national resurgence in two millennia."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: First, Israel, Symbol, Today, Victims)

"I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol."
- Steven Seagal
(Related: Sex, Actor, Day, Symbol, Writer)

"As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to."
- Andres Serrano
(Related: Christian, Church, Being, Right, Today)

"The soul... may have many symbols with which it reaches toward God."
- Anya Seton
(Related: God, Soul, May)

"In my mind I needed a symbol of today's technology, and I realized that what I wanted to photograph was the Space Shuttle. And so that's where Places of Power came into being."
- John Sexton
(Related: Power, Technology, Being, Mind, Space, Symbol, Today)

"America's veterans and troops serving abroad today fought hard to preserve our red, white and blue, from the Revolutionary War to today's Global War Against Terrorism, and Congress' action today is appropriate for one of our most sacred symbols."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: War, Action, America, Congress, Terrorism, Today, Troops, Veterans)

"I was originally cast to be the brains of the Enterprise. Somehow I became The Chick. There's a little ugly girl inside of me going 'Yay! I'm a sex symbol!'"
- Marina Sirtis
(Related: Sex, Ugly)

"I think the Bravo test is really important for a number of reasons. It's kind of symbolic. It raises a lot of the issues that are related to the whole controversy over nuclear testing."
- Martha Smith
(Related: Controversy, Testing)

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Love, Time, Fear, Beginning, End, Eternity, Memory, Sense, Symbol)

"Today's terrorists are pursuing a distinct route. They are increasingly attacking civilians in symbolic targets, such as those of economic importance, or venues of bustling life like public transportation or entertainment, like nightclubs."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Life, Entertainment, Importance, Public, Today)

"I believe in status symbols."
- Brooks Stevens
"To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Computers, Fact, Man)

"Just as a child respects his father even when he perceives his weaknesses and faults, so a German will not despise the old Germany which was once a symbol of greatness to him."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Father, Greatness, Faults, Germany, Old, Symbol, Will)

"In a novel, my feelings and sense of outrage can find a broader means of expression which would be more symbolic and applicable to many European countries."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Feelings, Countries, Expression, Sense)

"There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart."
- Kenzo Tange
(Related: Architecture, Heart)

"If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it."
- Norman Thomas
(Related: Want)

"No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: July, Nation)

"I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it."
- John Thune
(Related: History, Blood, Freedom, Liberty, Nation, Symbol)

"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
(Related: Life)

"Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Faith, Life, God, Act, Being, Meaning, Name, Reality)

"Man's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Concern, Language, Man)

"Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Men, Women, Sex, Attitude, Being, Symbol)

"I symbolized doping... My phone rarely rings. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of riders who call me."
- Richard Virenque
"The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs."
- Arthur E. Waite
(Related: Language)

"What they will try to do is get symbolic victories. Symbolism is important to them. They have little else. But they will strike, I believe, at centers of media, of financial, of American power, of American culture; and that is where we should place our bet."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Power, Financial, American, Culture, Media, Will)

"Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Art, Destruction, Symbol)

"Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict."
- Raquel Welch
(Related: Sex, Being, Symbol)

"If you look closely you can see that they are all interconnected, symbolic of a never-ending circle in which it is simply impossible for the dog to catch the rabbit."
- Kit Williams
"Every gesture is a gesture from the blood, every expression a symbolic utterance... Everything is of the blood, of the senses."
- Henry Williamson
(Related: Blood, Expression, Senses)

"The fact that the same symbolic programming primitives work for those as work for math kinds of things, I think, really validates the idea of symbolic programming being something pretty general."
- Stephen Wolfram
(Related: Work, Idea, Being, Fact, Pretty, Programming)

"The most important precedents deal with the whole idea of symbolic programming - the notion of setting up symbolic expressions that can represent anything one wants, and then having functions that operate on both their structure and content."
- Stephen Wolfram
(Related: Idea, Content, Precedents, Programming)

"The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Men, Peace, Belief, Greatness, Ability, Beliefs, Cooperation, Dedication, Dignity, Humanity, Living, Symbol, Trade, World)

"Being the gateway to a large city, St. Louis, I had felt from the very beginning that somehow this building should symbolize this sense of being a gateway."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Beginning, Being, Building, Sense)

"I don't consider myself a sex symbol."
- Pia Zadora
(Related: Sex, Symbol)