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Date: 1782

"You carried out (through God's grace) an honest friendly heart, a clear discerning head, and a soul impressed with every humane feeling."

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729?–1780)

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Date: 1782

"Read Mr. Garrick's letter night and morning--put it next your heart--impress it on your memory--and may the God of all Mercy give you grace to follow his friendly dictates!"

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729?–1780)

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Date: 1782

"I am convinced that the general inhumanity of mankind proceeds--first, from the cursed false principle of common education--and, secondly, from a total indifference (if not disbelief) of the Christian faith;--a heart and mind impressed with a firm belief of the Christian tenets, must of course e...

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729?–1780)

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Date: 1789

"They [African customs] had been implanted in me with great care, and made an impression on my mind, which time could not erase, and which all the adversity and variety of fortune I have since experienced served only to rivet and record; for, whether the love of one's country be real or imaginary...

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"I had a mind on which every thing uncommon made its full impression, and every event which I considered as marvellous."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"I was very ill for eleven days and near dying; eternity was now exceedingly impressed on my mind, and I feared very much that awful event."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"These words had been impressed on my mind from the very day I was forced from Deptsord to the present hour, and I now saw them, as I thought, fulfilled and verified."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"These dreams however made no impression on my mind."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"Our voyage to the North Pole being ended, I returned to London with Doctor Irving, with whom I continued for some time, during which I began seriously to reflect on the dangers I had escaped, particularly those of my last voyage, which made a lasting impression on my mind; and, by the grace of G...

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"One day I was standing on the very edge of the stern of the ship, thinking to drown myself; but this scripture was instantly impressed on my mind--'That no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him'."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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