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Date: 1740

'To lock the breast, and steel th' obdurate heart, / Amid the piercing cries of sore distress / Impenetrable"

— Dyer, John (bap. 1699, d. 1757)

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Date: 1741

"In this, therefore, I am forced to differ from that great Philosopher and Master of Reason, Mr. Locke, who denies and argues against all innate Ideas in general, and of every Kind: He supposes the Soul originally to be as a rasa Tabula, or Blank without any Impression, or distingui...

— Morgan, Thomas (d. 1743)

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Date: 1757

"For, as an alloy to its very great advantages, there is something selfish, ungenerous and illiberal in the nature and views of trade, that tends to debase and sink the mind below its natural state."

— Harris, Joseph (bap. 1704, d. 1764)

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Date: 1758

Sense "must therefore remain a stranger to the objects and causes affecting it"

— Price, Richard (1723-1791)

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Date: 1766

"Wisdom ... May in a little moment quit, / And abdicate the throne of Wit, / And leave, a vacant seat, the brain, / For Folly to usurp and reign"

— Lloyd, Evan (1734-1776)

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Date: 1766

One may "discompose the tide, / On which Ideas wont to ride" by fermenting "it with a yeasty Storm" or deforming is "with high Floods of Wine"

— Lloyd, Evan (1734-1776)

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Date: 1766

"Ev'n this my friend, its well known image here / Remains engraven by the hand of love: / My beating heart confirms it for the same."

— Williams, Anna (1708-1783)

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Date: 1766

"I boast not iron ribs, nor heart of steel, / Raw is my flesh, and warm my blood to feel"

— Lloyd, Evan (1734-1776)

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Date: 1766

"Till now detain'd / In cruel bonds, his thoughts alone were free, / And these have never stray'd from his Constantia."

— Williams, Anna (1708-1783)

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Date: 1767

"Shun, shun the Wretch, and case your Heart in Steel, / Lose not a Thought on those who cannot feel;"

— Lloyd, Evan (1734-1776)

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