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Date: 1772

"It will remind me of what I used to be, and Pride will have to come to a standstill at the threshold of my heart."

— Diderot, Denis (1713-1784)

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Date: 1777

"The minds of the negroes are contracted; because slavery destroys all the springs of the soul."

— Raynal, Guillaume Thomas (1713-1796)

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Date: 1780-85; in French, 36 vols. 1749-1788

"Is it difficult to perceive that our ideas originate from our senses alone; that the objects we regard as real existences, are those concerning which the senses uniformly give the same testimony."

— Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de (1707-1788)

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Date: 1787

"This was a ray of intelligence which pointed out to the discerning parent the path prescribed by nature."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"But her idleness led her into an error; for her mind, though inclined to laziness, sought for a more solid, and more active food."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"Thus our thoughts are our most sacred and dearest property; and to read a bit of paper, as you call it, that does not belong to us, that contains thoughts not addressed to us, is to do an act that has all the deformity of treason, meanness, and infamy; in fine, the most vile and dishonourable ac...

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"That frequently happens; and when once a false idea is impressed, it is very difficult to erase it, particularly at your age; as you are not yet capable of distinguishing the false from the true."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"Those who were well acquainted with the world and the Court, agreed, that the heart of woman was an inexplicable abyss; and all remarked the novelty of this sentiment."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"It is often a trifle; a little crumb; but it is those little crumbs that we must not suffer to accumulate till the next day."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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Date: 1787

"They converse not, they open not their mouths, they are silent, but they engrave their principles on the heart in indelible characters, instead of inconsistently crowding them on the memory."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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