cym-bal / sĭm-bəl
1. a large round, concave metal plate that is struck with another or with a drumstick to make a clashing sound, used as a percussion instrument
Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
I Corinthians 13:1-3 (KJV)
sym-bol / sĭm-bəl
1. anything that stands for or represents something else
God is not a symbol of goodness;
goodness is a symbol of God
Gilbert K. Chesterton, 1874 – 1936
2. a letter, sign, figure or other similar marking used to represent an operation, function, quantity, relation, etc., as in math, chemistry, or music
The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.
Galileo Galilei. 1564 – 1642
3. in psychology, an object or image that represents or a repressed desire, feeling or impulse of an individual
Most mistakes in philosophy and logic occur because the human mind is apt to take the symbol for the reality.
Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955
1. to serve as representation of something else; to symbolize
Great are the symbols of Being,
But that which is symboled is greater;
Vast the create and beheld,
But vaster the Inward Creator.
Richard Realf, 1832 – 1878