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Date: c. 1695-8 [published 1907]

"You o'er my heart were born to reign / And bravely took it by Invasion."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Let either side abate of their Demands, / And both submit to Reason's high Commands, / For which way ere the Conquest shall encline, / The Loss Britannia will at last be thine."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a Flux, a Looseness of the Brain, / And Sense-abstract has too much Pride to reign."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a King without a Parliament, / And Sense a Democratick Government."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit, like the French, wher'e'er it reigns destroys, / And Sense advanc'd is apt to Tyrannize."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a Standing-Army Government, / And Sense a sullen stubborn P---t."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1701

"Nor can this right be less when national; / Reason which governs one, should govern all."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1702

"Vice is a Thief, a Traytor in the Mind, / Assassinates the Vitals of Mankind."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1704

"When gentle Reason rules thy Breast; / The Sun upon the calmest Sea / Appears not half so bright as Thee."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1704

"They hold also, that these animals are of a constitution extremely cold; that their food is the air we attract, their excrement phlegm; and that what we vulgarly called rheums, and colds, and distillations, is nothing else but an epidemical looseness, to which that little commonwealth is very su...

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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