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SYMBOLS
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With crosses, relics, crucifixes,
  Beads, pictures, rosaries, and pixes;
    The tools of working out salvation
      By mere mechanic operation.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,495)

Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Science sees signs; Poetry the thing signified.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

It [Catholicism] supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marble Faun
         (vol. II, ch. XIII)

All things are symbols: the external shows
  Of Nature have their image in the mind,
    As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All thing are symbols: the external shows
  Of Nature have their image in the mind,
    As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Harvest Moon

There is nothing so great or so goodly in creation, but that it is a mean symbol of the gospel of Christ, and of the things He has prepared for them that love Him.
      - John Ruskin

Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish;
  A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
    A towered citadel, a pendant rock,
      A forked mountain, or blue promontory
        With trees upon't that nod unto the world,
          And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these signs;
            They are black Vesper's pageants.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at IV, xiv)

If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs. 'A brushes his hat o' mornings. What should that bode?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Claudio at III, ii)


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