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Date: 1700

"Tho' I'm convinc'd she lov'd me not, I can't / Banish her Image from my Love-sick mind."

— Centlivre [née Freeman; other married name Carroll], Susanna (bap. 1669?, d. 1723)

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Date: 1700

"She who Elects a Monarch for Life, who gives him an Authority she cannot recall however he misapply it, who puts her Fortune and Person entirely in his Power; nay even the very desires of her Heart according to some learned Casuists, so as that it is not lawful to Will or Desire any thing but wh...

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"Superiors indeed are too apt to forget the common Priviledges of Mankind; that their Inferiors share with them the greatest Benefits, and are as capable as themselves of enjoying the supreme Good; that tho' the Order of the World requires an Outward Respect and Obedience from some to others, yet...

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"What Government of his Passions!"

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"Not as an absolute Lord and Master, with an Arbitrary and Tyrannical sway, but as Reason Governs and Conducts a Man, by proposing what is Just and Fit."

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1701

One may "as on the Throne, so in [her] Peoples Hearts / Reign Emperour"

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1701

"Here, take me Mother, Father, Wife, take each a part in my Capacious Heart; Reign ever there, as absolute as I o're all my mighty Empires"

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1702

"[B]e not over-curious to express / Too much Exactness in an outward Dress; / Lest peevish Passion should too oft prevail, / To banish Reason from its Throne, and vail / Sound Judgment"

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

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Date: 1702

"Reason, that honours Mankind more than Beast, / Gives forth its Laws and Dictates in each Breast"

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

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Date: 1702

"Modesty, that in their Bosom reigns, / Detests and loaths whatever spots or stains"

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

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