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Date: 1799

Conceptions may dart on the "benighted" understanding like electrical flashes

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"His torments were acute and tedious, but in the midst even of delirium, his heart seemed to overflow with gratitude, and to be actuated by no wish but to alleviate our toil and our danger."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

Certain beliefs cannot be "outrooted" from the mind

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"I spent the night ruminating on the future and in painting to my fancy the adventures which I should be likely to meet."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"My heart began now, for the first time, to droop"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"I reflected with amazement on the slightness of that thread by which human passions are led from their true direction."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"My mind was so full of objects of more urgent moment that the propriety of taking them [his shoes] along with me never occurred."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"I could not help smiling at the picture which my fancy drew of their anxiety and wonder."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"Surely some insanity has fastened on my understanding"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

Dreams haunt "undisciplined and unenlightened" imaginations

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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