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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Symbols (See Signs)

Science sees signs; poetry the thing signified.

J. C. and A. W. Hare.

It (Catholicism) supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested.

Nath. Hawthorne.

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

    Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.


  • Oft on the dappled turf at ease
  • I sit, and play with similes,
  • Loose type of things through all degrees.
  • Wordsworth.

    If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs; a’ brushes his hat of o’ mornings; what should that bode?


  • With crosses, relics, crucifixes,
  • Beads, pictures, rosaries, and pixes;
  • The tools of working out salvation
  • By mere mechanic operation.
  • Butler.

    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.


  • Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish;
  • A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
  • A tower’d 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.
  • Shakespeare.