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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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Date: 1788

"Those arts that ornament the mind, as geography, arithmetic, —"

— Berquin, Arnaud

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Date: 1788

"A humane heart always rejoices to soften the distresses of its fellow creatures."

— Berquin, Arnaud

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Date: 1788

"In short, one wants but fingers, and no head for games of chance: and in my thought, such games are utterly unworthy of a thinking man."

— Berquin, Arnaud

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Date: 1802

"The brain secretes thought like the liver secretes bile."

— Cabanis, Pierre Jean Georges (1757-1808)

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Date: 1900, 1901

"Between nature and ourselves, nay, between ourselves and our own consciousness a veil is interposed: a veil that is dense and opaque for the common herd,--thin, almost transparent, for the artist and the poet. What fairy wove that veil?"

— Bergson, Henri-Louis (1859-1941)

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Date: 1900, 1901

"Deep in our souls we should hear the strains of our inner life’s unbroken melody,--a music that is ofttimes gay, but more frequently plaintive and always original."

— Bergson, Henri-Louis (1859-1941)

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