Light is the symbol of truth.
The modern work of art, as I have said, is a symbol.
A chair is the first thing you need when you don’t really need anything, and is therefore a peculiarly compelling symbol of civilization. For it is civilization, not survival, that requires design.
Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama.
It is a symbol evoking a reality that touches the depths of the person ... the light of goodness that vanquishes evil, of love that overcomes hatred, of life that defeats death.
Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
The act of giving is simply a behavior, and the gift merely a symbol. It is the energy behind both that will determine their impact on our lives.
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.
It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being.
Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.
But a few understand that building is a great symbol we live in our minds, and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality, to state it in gesture and form. For the man who understands this, a house he owns is a statement of his life.
The degradation of the sense of symbol in modern society is one of its many signs of spiritual decay.
Perhaps love is only the highest symbol of friendship, as all other things seem symbols of love.
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.
A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.
Symbols need not limit their scope to this pendulum swing of images.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.
I have to create an object which resembles the tree. The sign for a tree, and not the sign that other artists may have found for the tree.
Take the birds which you'll have noticed in so many of my recent paintings. I never thought them up, they just materialized of their own accord; they were born on the canvas... it is absurd to read any sort of symbolic significance into them.
I perceived that the 'thing' and the 'idea' were taken to be equivalents of feeling, and understood the lie of the world of will and idea. Is the milk bottle the symbol of milk?
If modern art has produced symbols that are unfamiliar, that was only to be expected.
When we use numbers we are using symbols, and it is only when we transfer them to life that they become actualities. The same is true with drawing and painting. They are to be learned, not as rules, but as actualities. Then the rules become appropriate.
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.
Mountains in all their moods are symbols of something greater, something worth aspiring to. Mountains are powerful, dangerous, beautiful, noble and mysterious. Mountains get respect.
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