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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: 1611

"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life"

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

"And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1611

The soul may "be as a watered garden"

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1694

"For as dung and good manuring restores ground that is worn and heartless," so does a good diet restore the faint heart, the weak spirit, and cold, dry genitals

— Aristotle [pseud.]

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Date: 1694

The body may be resurrected like "Grain thrown into the Ground" that continues there "for a season, as if lost and dead, but when warmth and moisture gives it force, it springs up, and bears a hundred-fold" in the "Resurrection of the Spring."

— Aristotle [pseud.]

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Date: 1712

"As a Consequence of this Original, all Passions are in all Men, but all appear not in all; Constitution, Education, Custom of the Country, Reason, and the like Causes, may improve or abate the Strength of them, but still the Seeds remain, which are ever ready to sprout forth upon the least Encou...

— Anonymous

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Date: January, 1730

"There are in all Souls, (not perfect Ideots,) as in the midst of clos'd-up flowers, some seeds of knowledge and science, which never disclose and shew themselves, till the quick'ning sunshine of learning and education open the understanding, and discover those hidden seeds of natural knowledge, ...

— Anonymous

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Date: 1746

"The Ground needs no other midwifery in bringing forth Weeds, than only the neglect of the Husbandman's Hand to pluck them up; the Air needs no other Cause of Darkness, than the Absence of Sun; nor water of Coldness, than its Distance from the Fire, because these are the genuine Products of Nature."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1748

"This was the true, the sole, the genuine Way of proceeding; for while carnal Desires, and such an over-weening Passion for Riches remained, their Breasts were barren Grounds, and thereby most unfit to receive the Seed of Divine Truths."

— Anonymous; [Lyttleton]

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