The Commens Dictionary
Quote from ‘The Art of Reasoning. Chapter II. What is a Sign?’
The word symbol has so many meanings that it would be an injury to the language to add a new one. I do not think that the signification I attach to it, that of a conventional sign, or one depending upon habit (acquired or inborn), is so much a new meaning as a return to the original meaning. [—]
The symbol is connected with its object by virtue of the idea of the symbol-using mind, without which no such connection would exist.