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Date: 1785

"Without such instances as you mention my dear, my mind, which was once likely to become the seat of the Furies, has not only been calmed and improved by the instructions of my present dear mamma, but also by attention to opinions given in company, concerning people judged to possess viole...

— P. I.

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Date: 1785

"Her mamma was the very reverse of yours, and lived just long enough to strengthen the weeds springing in her child's mind, which was the proper business of maternal care to eradicate."

— P. I.

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Date: 1785

"Look down upon the lower ranks of life, and see what extremities of wretchedness many of the poorer sort of children endure for want of food and raiment; and surely the reflection which the view will excite, must kindle in your heart a spark of gratitude towards those who have so amply provided ...

— P. I.

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Date: 1786

"In one of these early excursions, her humanity had been excited by a scene of such exquisite misery that it long made an impression on her tender mind, and sowed the first seeds of benevolence in her heart."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1786

"Those who feel in themselves the least propensity to this growing evil should carefully guard against its first approaches; for, like a gnawing vulture, it preys upon the mind; and, unless combated with all their resolution, steals imperceptibly on the disposition, and casts a veil over their fa...

— Anonymous

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Date: 1786

"Our minds are like blank paper, as a great philosopher has observed, and the first impressions they receive are generally the most permanent and powerful."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1788

"Her mind, to borrow Mr. Locke's figure, was a mere tabula rasa, a blank as to every thing beyond mortality"

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1790

"I shall, perhaps, deserve censure for concealing a name which belongs to so much excellence, but I fear to offend the delicacy of your nature; true merit is ever modest, and your mind, like the sensitive plant at the touch, would shrink from the voice of public celebrity."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1790

"Behold lovely Westmorland leads the gay throng, / Herself by the graces led calmly along; / With a bosom of innocence easily hit / By the nice ball of humour or arrow of wit; / With a mind which when tragical sorrows appear / Rushes up to her eye, and descends in a tear."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1790

"Divine Sensibility! widely impart / Thy fibres of feeling, and live in each heart!"

— Anonymous

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