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Date: 1653

"If flattering Language all the Passions rule, / Then Sense, I feare, will be a meere dull Foole."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"A Poet I am neither borne, nor bred,/ But to a witty Poet married: / Whose Braine is Fresh, and Pleasant, as the Spring, / Where Fancies grow, and where the Muses sing."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1667

"But yet my self I may subdue; / And that's the nobler Empire of the two"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

" (Your Mind b'ing more transcendent than your State, / For while but Knees to this, Hearts bow to that,)"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"He that commands himself is more a Prince / Then he who Nations keeps in awe; / Who yield to all that does their Souls convince, / Shall never need another Law."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1677

The heart of man should be be a throne for "the King / Of Glory, who alone should rule in Man"

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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Date: 1677

"Love does all day the Soules great Empire keep, / But Wine at night Lulls the soft God asleep."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1686

"Nor does its [sickness's] Malice in these bounds restrain, / But shakes the Throne of Sacred Wit, the Brain, / And with a ne're enough detested Force / Reason disturbs, and turns out of its Course."

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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Date: 1687

A woman may sway the Empire of one's soul

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

"My Heart your Empire now disdains, / And Frown, or Smile, all's one to me."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.