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Date: 1611

"Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber"

— 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: 1656

"It is impossible, Lady, except you should alter the Fabrick of his mind, unbend its appetite, or give it new desires; for as long as the divine soul creating breath, is clad with different disposing matter, and cast in several moulds, there will be Wise and Fooles."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1672

"[W]ith a goodly look she smil'd; / so that through pure impression / of his own imagination, / with all the heat of his courage / his love upon this fair Image / he set."

— Anon.

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Date: 1675

"Please to consult the Steward of your Soul, / And Ruler of your Senses, Your wise Reason."

— Anonymous; Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1679, 1707

"Whilst Sense and Fancy over-rule their Choice, / And Reason in th'Election has no Voice."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1679, 1707

"But Souls in vain have Reason's Attribute, / If to their Rule they cannot Sense submit. / Hence the Heroick Mind makes no complaint, / But Freedom does enjoy, e'en in Restraint. / When Chains and Fetters do his Body bind, / He then appears more free, and less confin'd."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1679, 1707

"Her [Prosperity's] fatal Poison to the Mind she sends; / And uncorrect, in sure Destruction ends."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1679, 1707

"Prosperity's Repasts puff up the Mind / With unsubstantial and unwholesom Wind."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1679, 1707

"Great Minds (like the victorious Palms) are wont / Under the Weights of Fortune more to mount."

— Anonymous

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