Symbolism Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Symbolism Quotes from Jack Kerouac, Judith Martin, Carol Berg, Jeff Baena, Carolyn Chute. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

Symbolism is alright in 'fiction,' but I tell true life

Symbolism is alright in ‘fiction,’ but I tell true life stories simply about what happened to people I knew.
Jack Kerouac
The language of clothing is high symbolism and we all, in moments where we need to know this, realize it.
Judith Martin
I never believed I could write anything. No way – write a whole story? Figuring out all that plotting and symbolism? How do you foreshadow things?
Carol Berg
I remember when I was in film school. It was my second year, and some kid did – had this really over-religious symbolism; like, it said ‘John 3:16’ and had angels falling over, and it was just this insane – it wasn’t that great.
Jeff Baena
Whenever I write, I write what I find to be the way people are. I never use any symbolism at all, but if you write as true to life as you possibly can, people will see symbolism. They’ll all see different symbolism, but they’re apt to because you can see it in life.
Carolyn Chute
I think a lot of bands are influenced by religious symbolism and not even necessarily Christianity or Catholicism.
Chino Moreno
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke
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
I use a lot of narration; I have a very prosaic style. I like to get you invested in the character first and do a lot of work in the first pages of each issue to try to re-establish things and keep the symbolism of a story very tucked beneath the surface.
Scott Snyder
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
A plastic bag charge is far from representing mere climate change symbolism. It is a clarion call to us all to alter social norms equally if not more importantly reduce the amount of waste we generate.
Pritam Singh
The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.
Hapy, the ancient god of the Nile, depicted at Dendera with Cleopatra, is typically shown with breasts – symbolism that demonstrated how the life-giving gifts of Egypt’s river artery come only when the power of both female and male was combined.
Bettany Hughes
There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man’s general destiny.
Lascelles Abercrombie
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
The ultimate storyteller is Shakespeare, who was able to get the ‘groundlings’ to laugh at his bawdy humor and storylines but could still be studied by scholars to this day for the complexity of his language, meter, and symbolism. That’s the real guy.
Jon Favreau
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
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
‘Pomegranate,’ started with my imagining a bullet going through the fruit and causing it to bleed. My initial associations were with pomegranates in old masters painting and their Judeo-Christian symbolism.
Ori Gersht
I find the English flag – the cross – quite frightening; it has very bad symbolism for me. Not just football hooligans but supremacists and the BNP.
Rupert Friend
I love the emotional symbolism of the eternity band as a wedding band. It’s like wearing the infinity sign on your finger and represents the cyclical and enduring aspect of love.
Louise Linton
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
The photograph of the Queen sitting stiffly across the table from Glasgow resident Susan McCarron is so natural and expressive that it looks utterly fake. It looks like an artist’s portrait, complete with symbolism, humour and poignancy. No wonder the palace and the press have interpreted it in such different ways.
Amanda Foreman
The true symbolism of every facet of ‘Guernica’ can only be guessed at, but we do know that it haunted Picasso.
Michael Portillo
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
The sustaining fantasy of Nolan’s Batman films – which does chime uncomfortably with Romney -is that the excesses of finance capital can be curbed by a combination of philanthropy, off-the-books violence and symbolism.
Mark Fisher
I have been talking nonstop about the symbolism of an edible landscape at the White House. I think it says everything about stewardship of the land and about the nourishment of a nation.
Alice Waters
The symbolism of the climate strike is that if you adults don’t give a damn about my future, I won’t either.
Greta Thunburg
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
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
What makes ‘The Marriage of Souls’ such a wonderful book is Collins’s intricate reconstruction of the late eighteenth-century world. Simplicity and philosophy are the hallmarks of eighteenth-century art and architecture. The classically pure lines look deceptively simple and unburdened by heavy symbolism or imagery.
Amanda Foreman
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
Studio D has a lot of symbolism for me.
Lindsey Buckingham
I think the Reagan people are superb marketers. Their whole approach to polling, to television, to the symbolism and the rest approaches genius.
Walter F. Mondale
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
A. E. Waite
I think they are very important because westerns have a code and a symbolism.
Aaron Eckhart
The symbolism of certain foods trip the nostalgic wire in all of us, whether the context is cultural heritage or geographic location.
Melissa Leong
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
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 T. King
A lot of women wrote to me. Some wrote me long letters on the meaning of the circle and about mythology and about motherhood and the significance or the symbolism of the mermaid and the frogs and the turtles.
Ruth Asawa
In terms of the symbolism, I think that if you do it right, writing is a bit like dreaming.
Steven Knight
Standing on the apex of our planet is humbling. I’m starved of oxygen, depleted of reserves, unable to eat, and bound by anxiety. This is a dangerous place. Yet the symbolism of standing on top of the world gives me a chance to experience time on a cosmic scale.
Conrad Anker
I like churches and Catholic symbolism, and although the art at the Vatican is overwhelming to see, I appreciated it even as an atheist.
Richard Herring
I hate dream sequences in movies and T.V. shows generally for their heavy-handed symbolism and storytelling tediousness.
Ira Glass
Being a literature major, you know, I’m very familiar with the ways symbolism is used in our sort of mythic tales of society, so anyone who is consciously trying to pull that off I think is really interesting and clearly very smart.
Carrie Coon