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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"In exactly the same way I understand that while I am writing, at the very moment when individual letters are traced on the paper, not only does the point of the pen move, but the slightest motion of this part cannot but be transmitted simultaneously to the whole pen. All these various motions ar...

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"Thirdly, the 'common' sense functions like a seal, fashioning in the phantasy or imagination, as if in wax, the same figures or ideas which come, pure and without body, from the external senses."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"Again, the pen as a whole does not move in exactly the same way as its lower end; on the contrary, the upper part of the pen seems to have a quite different and opposite movement. This enables us to understand how all the movements of other animals can come about, even though we refuse to allow ...

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"In all these functions the cognitive power is sometimes passive, sometimes active; sometimes resembling the seal, sometimes the wax."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"Moreover, as we said, we should not contemplate, in one and the same visual or mental gaze, more than two of the innumerable different dimensions which it is possible to depict in the imagination."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"But I am convinced that certain primary seeds of truth naturally implanted in human minds thrived vigorously in that unsophisticated and innocent age - seeds which have been stifled in us through our constantly reading and hearing all sorts of errors"

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"So the same light of the mind which enabled them to see (albeit without knowing why) that virtue is preferable to pleasure, the good preferable to the useful, also enabled them to grasp true ideas in philosophy and mathematics, although they were not yet able fully to master such sciences"

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: w. 1628; published 1684 [Dutch], 1701 [Latin]

"It should not be thought that I have a mere analogy in mind here: we must think of the external shape of the sentient body as being really changed by the object in exactly the same way as the shape of the surface of the wax is altered by the seal."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1696

"Pray is not the Face the Mirror of the Mind?"

— Motteux, Peter Anthony (1663-1718)

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Date: 1704

"By Arguments they could not convince me, for I was able to show greater absurdities in their Religion than they could prove in mine; and particularly, in their Doctrine of Transubstantiation; Against which I argu'd several ways: As, First from the Testimony of our Senses , viz. of seeing, feelin...

— Psalmanazar, George (1679?-1763)

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