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Date: 1755

He that is ready to slip, is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease

— Job [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

Just as the stars "discover but the sky," reason's "glimmering ray / Was lent, not to assure our doubtful way, / But guide us upward to a better day"

— Dryden [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

The print left by the seal may be obscure if the organs of sense perception, like wax, are too hard or too soft, or if the seal is "not applied with sufficient force to make a clear impression"

— Locke [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

The heart may follow the "light of sound and sincere judgment, without either cloud of prejudice or mist of passion"

— Hooker [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

God himself is the soul's eternal food

— Davies [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"They say this town is full of cozenage, / Drug-working sorcerers that change the mind; / Soul-killing witches that deform the body; / And many such like libertines of sin."

— Shakespeare [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men"

— Shakespeare [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

Thou sun of this great world both eye and soul

— Milton [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul"

— Milton [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

The "brain doth lodge the pow'rs of sense" and makes passions spring in the heart by mutual love

— Davies [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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