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Date: 1611

"And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1693

"Yet that lovely Body is but the Shell of a more glorious Inhabitant, and is as far out-shone by that more radiant Gust, which lies within, as your choicest Jewels exceed the lustre of the Cask; which holds them: For her Illustrious mind has got as inexhaustible a store of rare perfections in it,...

— Anonymous

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Date: 1696

"No thy ill Conscience flying in thy face, that never will let thee rest, thy rusty Soul hath infected thy Body with the Jaundice; thou sordid slave to Mammon without Wages!"

— Anonymous; George Powell (1658-1714), Publisher

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Date: 1765

"What Sculpture is to a Block of Marble, Education is to a human Soul."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1765

"And as the richest Diamond cannot shoot forth its Lustre, wanting the Lapidary's Skill; so will the latent Virtues of the noblest Mind be bury'd in Obscurity if not call'd forth by Precept, and the Rules of good Manners."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1795

"[T]hen here's my hand! for thou art the best soul living; with a heart of gold, and heels of feather, in the service of humanity"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811); Maria Geisweiler (fl.1799); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1796

"My little boy slumbered sweetly: but my anguish steeled my heart against every sentiment of feeling, and compelled me to wake him"

— Anonymous; Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1796

"He who feels the spirit in him, will be conscious of possessing the pearl of great price, and will lock it up in the sanctuary of his heart, as his richest treasure, never to be despoiled of it by the seducing arts of false philosophy; never to exchange that pure gold, which is the same yesterda...

— Anonymous

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