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Date: 1530

"Paucis libris vir sapiens contentus est, et quanto sapientior, tanto pauciorum codicum est indigus. Egregie autem eruditus in scrinio pectoris libriariam circunfert."

— Mair [Major], John (1467-1550)

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Date: 1599

"have wee not a great advantage, that have within our selves while wee live here, a Count-booke and Inventorie of all the crimes that wee shall be accused of, either at the houre of our death, or at the Great day of Judgement"

— King James I (1566-1625)

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Date: 1611

In the Judgment "the register bookes of all mens consciences [shall] bee opened up, and laide abroad, and the great register of God his predestination, & booke of life shall be opened, and made patent, and the dead shal bee judged according to their workes, written and registred in their conscien...

— Napier, John, of Merchiston (1550-1617)

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Date: 1614

"Now, then in judgement, so are workes lookt on, as collation alwaies must bee of the bookes, to see if our names be written in the booke of life, as assurance of life and joyfull peace are written in our consciences."

— Forbes, Patrick, of Corse (1564-1635)

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Date: 1697

"What ever brought him here, or took him hence / It was no mean, or common influence, / Of Heavens best mettal, that inform'd his soul, / And made all vertue, but a blubr'd scrol / Of his great mind."

— Cleland, William (1661?-1689)

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Date: 1699

"He will write his Laws in their hearts, and make them to walk in them."

— Burnet, Gilbert (1643-1715)

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Date: 1703

"This is also abundantly proved by the Experience of all such, as being secretly touched with the Call of God's Grace unto them, do apply themselves to false Teachers, where the Remedy proves worse than the Disease; because, instead of knowing God, or the things relating to their Salvation aright...

— Barclay, Robert (1648-1690)

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Date: 1715, 1762

"In Good Mens Minds and Hearts alone doth he, / Delight to Dwell, and there Engraven be."

— Pennecuik, Alexander (d. 1730)

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Date: 1720

"But Adam's Soul being put in his Body, his Brain was a Tabula rasa, as White Paper, had no Impressions in it, but such as either God put in it, or such as came to him by his Senses."

— Burnet, Gilbert (1643-1715)

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Date: 1721

"To this, and all the Ages that succeeds: / His Actions are engrav'd in ev'ry Breast."

— Pennecuik, Alexander (d. 1730)

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