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Date: 3rd Century

"The black color of Ethiopia, my homeland, became my lot when it was engendered by the fiery rays of the sun. But my soul, full of white blossoms, won the favor of my understanding master; for beauty is inferior to the nobility of the soul shrouded by my black body."

— Anonymous

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Date: c. 1400

"Minde is clepid a principal my3te, for it conteneþ in it goostly not only alle þe oþer mi3tes, þot þerto alle þo þinges in þe whiche þei worchen."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1602

"O thou whose breast, I, even this little cantle, / Is counsells capcase, prudences portmantle."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1611

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1691

"The Duke of Alançon's heart could no longer conceal the passion which filled it, it had long ago desired, with pressing Sollicitations, the ease of discovering it."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1691

"These Reasons were supported by the impressions which the Duke's Charms had made in the Princess's Spirit, and she would have been glad to hide the inclination of her heart under a pretext of policy; but her mind was still so replenished with the Ideas of her confinement, and the state of her Fo...

— Anonymous

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