A Quote by Paulo Coelho on teachers, students, and symbols

Everyone's looking for the perfect teacher, but although their teachings might be divine, teachers are all too human, and that's something people find hard to accept.  Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11

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A Quote by C. on cemooreart, see wear i walk chalked magic, community art collaboration, sign, symbols, sight, and site

Everyday is Earth Day if you, "Ear the Art which is earth+heart=love."

4 Love Jewels Press


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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, meditation, ideas, symbols, and thinking

We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by David Berlinski on meaning, mind, and symbols

The motion of the mind is conveyed along a cloud of meaning.~ There is this paradox that we get to meaning only when we strip the meaning from symbols.

David Berlinski

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: 71

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A Quote by Raphie on symbols, john doe, jane doe, and multiplicity

If you can't communicate to John and Jane Doe you just ain't communicating. Problem is there are a lot of John and Jane Does out there and all of them are different. That's why we need symbols. They hold out the promise of getting us all to the same place from different directions.

Raphie Frank

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on symbols and mythology

Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds -- the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols. In our thinking we make use of a great variety of symbols-systems -- linguistic, mathematical, pictorial, musical, ritualistic. Without such symbol-systems we should have no art, no science, no law, no philosophy, not so much as the rudiments of civilization: in other words, we should be animals... But symbols -- as the history of our own and every other age makes so abundantly clear -- can also be fatal... Consider, for example, the domain of science on the one hand, and the domain of politics and religion on the other. Thinking in terms of, and acting in response to, one set of symbols [science], we have come, in some small measure, to understand and control the elementary forces of nature. Thinking in terms of, and acting in response to another set of symbols [politics and religion], we use these forces as instruments of mass murder and collective suicide. In the first case [science] the explanatory symbols were well chosen, carefully analyzed and progressively adapted to the emergent facts of physical existence. In the second case [politics and religion] symbols originally ill-chosen were never subjugated to thorough-going analysis and never re-formulated so as to harmonize with the emergent facts of human existence. Worse still, these misleading symbols [politics and religion] were everywhere treated with a wholly unwarranted respect, as though, in some mysterious way, they were more real than the realities [if any] to which they [supposedly] referred.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: 'The First and Last Freedom' by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on tension and symbols

More profoundly, though, a symbol is the act of throwing together two incongruous things and living in the tension that exists between them, watching the images that emerge from that tension.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 161

Contributed by: HeyOK

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