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Date: 1800

"The great Mr. Locke, and several other ingenious philosophers, have represented the human intellect, antecedent to its intercourse with external objects, as a tabula rasa, or a substance capable of receiving any impressions, but upon which no original impressions of any kind are stamped."

— Smellie, William (1740-1795)

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Date: 1801

Virtue may be a man's "eternal flame" or "ruling passion"

— Blacklock, Thomas (1721-1791)

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Date: 1803

"WHEN the awaken'd soul receives / The first impression fancy gives / Temper'd by soft affection's reign, / Sweet are the days of pleasing pain."

— Hunter [née Home], Anne (1742-1821)

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Date: 1803

The muse "beams a visionary day: / Bright as the magic torch she early gave / To light thy ven'trous way, through fancy's secret cave."

— Hunter [née Home], Anne (1742-1821)

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Date: 1804, 1807

"Their souls shall reach the Sabbath of the skies;-- / As birds, from bleak Norwegia's wintry coast / Blown out to sea, strive to regain the shore, / But, vainly striving; yield them to the blast,-- / Swept o'er the deep to Albion's genial isle, / Amazed they light amid the bloomy sprays / Of som...

— Graham, James (1765-1811)

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Date: 1805

"Touched with my care, my tyrant may prove kind, / Nor let that form conceal an iron mind."

— Ossian; Macpherson, James (1736-1796)

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Date: 1805

"The Saxon saw, advanced, nor looked behind, / Fate hurried on, and courage steel'd his mind."

— Ossian; Macpherson, James (1736-1796)

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Date: 1805

"When Courage, through the Scottish ranks confessed, / With his immortal steel incased each breast."

— Ossian; Macpherson, James (1736-1796)

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Date: 1805

"Still is it the false coinage of my fears?"

— Baillie, Joanna (1762-1851)

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Date: 1806

"And now, cold horror trembles o'er my soul, / When thou in blank uncertainty array'd, / With iron-hearted deaf control / Throw'st all around thy awful, dubious shade"

— Mickle, William Julius [formerly William Meikle] (1734-1788)

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